Take a look at the phrase written under the title of this blog.
Bring me into the wilderness and speak tenderly to me.
It comes from Hosea 3:14-15 which says
"Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. And there I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope."
This verse has been very poignant to me as of late.
Let me break it down for you.
The wilderness represents a season where God purposely removes something from your life. He's promised you something. He's given you a desire, but he has yet to fulfill it. You know he's faithful, you know he's working on it. But, his answer is at that "Not yet" state that we impatiently dread. But, it's a "Not yet" because he wants to prepare you in some way, and because He wants to meet with you and show you himself.
When I think of the world "Wilderness", the words drought, barren, dry, empty, void come to mind. But, I love how God paints a completely different picture.
In this verse in Hosea, he comes to allure Her (being the people of Israel who have sinned) into the wilderness. Where He then speaks tenderly to her.
In other words, God wants to spend time with her, to reveal himself to her. It's full of love, and intimacy, and understanding.
He purposefully brings her there.
And after her speaks to her, and tenderly at that, she finds herself in a vineyard. A place of life, growth, fruitfulness, and blessing. A place where God turns her trouble (the meaning of Achor) into hope.
There is just so much packed into two tiny verses.
Three things I've figured out about the "wilderness" from reading my bible:
*If you want specific references, I can give them to you. Leave me a comment.
1. We never lack anything that we need in the wilderness.
2. God shows up in the wilderness.
3. The wilderness is always followed by a promised land.
Stew on that for a while. I know I've been.