“A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God…'” (Isaiah 40: 1)
For some reason, Jesus is really intent on going into forests and deserts. As I am looking at this passage, one I have heard numerous times, I am struck by His desire to go to the wild places. A bit comically, I begin to imagine Jesus delving into the thick underbrush of a forest or having a road built into a stretching expanse of sand.
What is that wilderness He wants to dive into?
Ah. My heart.
It is a wild place, overgrown with weeds and bad habits. Other places are deserts, barren and uninhabited. Jesus wants to enter into those places.
I find myself attempting to redirect Him. “Look, Jesus, a lovely little valley! Come admire this place that has it all together, a place that isn’t messy….Oh, a lively garden, teeming with life. Isn’t this nice, Jesus?” He looks at these places, smiles at me, and then heads back into the desert.
But, Jesus, there is nothing to see there. Continue reading “Into the Wilderness”