August 2013- God is in the desert

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Led by the Spirit - God is in the Desert

As I write this newsletter, I am on summer holidays, camping in Waskesiu at Prince Albert National Park, surrounded by lakes, trees and wildlife. It’s a favourite place that allows me to relax and reflect, with timing that couldn’t have been more perfect!
For the past couple of weeks I have found my faith weakening; my passion to serve God dwindling with each passing day. Unable to pray, my heart has been filled with sadness and grief, questioning my ministry and God’s purpose in my life.
Second day camping, I am lying in my bed listening to the birds singing as the beauty of the silence is tugging at my heart to pray. I longed for inspiration but it did not come. For someone like me who wears her heart on her sleeve, the absence of feeling is unsettling. With tears in my eyes, I was thirsting for God to speak to me. I wondered, God, are you there? Do you hear me? Do you still love me? 

I made my way out of bed, dressed and prepared myself to go for a walk. As I opened my camper door, I was greeted by a woman named Joyce Maier walking by. Anyone who knows me well, knows I listen to Bible teacher Joyce Meyer is a trusted voice in my life that, who I listen to on a near daily basis. I felt it was no mere coincidence.

This Joyce Maier said, “Hey, I think I know you! You’re the speaker that did the conference at my church a couple of years ago. I just want to tell you that it was the most powerful conference we have ever had, and the number of women that were touched and set free by your ministry are now moving on to help heal and restore other women. I don’t think you will ever understand the depth of what God did through you that day; women’s lives were completely changed!”

I invited Joyce into my camper and shared with her the struggles I was going through. We both realized this was a divine appointment; God had chosen Joyce to lift me up in the faith and reassure me that God truly loves me. I was just in the desert! I have been there many times before but am never able to recognize it when I am in the midst of it. We both laughed as I told her that I’m a great fan of  Joyce Meyer, and her name was Joyce Maier - God has a great sense of humor!  

Our lives become so busy with activities, stress and anxiety, trials and tribulations. It is these very things that lead us into the desert - a dry weary barren landscape, devoid of all distractions, a place where God invites us to be alone with him. Like Moses and the Israelites, it was in the desert experience that they were being renewed and purified. In the New Testament scriptures, we read that Jesus often went off to deserted places to be alone in prayer and meditation (Luke 5:16). In Galatians 1:17 tells us that Paul the apostle spent much time in the desert of Arabia, preparing for service to God. 

We are called into the desert to do a new thing in our lives. Let us go freely. Today, I resolve to sit with the emptiness and listen to the silence. I will wait in obedience and trust God knowing there is goodness in this dry season. If God has chosen this desert for me for now, I will follow Him into it. I don’t believe I go there alone; He is leading me. God is in the desert!  

July Scripture: Isaiah 43:19

"See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." 

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