Surviving the desert

“And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.” Luke 1:80

The title of this post sounds like I’m about to give you tips to survive the “actual” desert but what I really want to talk about today is surviving and thriving in the dry seasons of life.

The child spoken about in the passage above was John the Baptist. We all know the trailblazer that he later became, making the way for Christ, but this particular passage struck me.

Luke made sure to reference that John was in the desert before he was revealed to Israel. It got me thinking about the desert in our own lives, the dry seasons we go through before  we see what we are praying for.

We are told to pray God sized prayers, and we should, but God sized prayers come with a lot of weight. Luke made sure to tell us what John was doing in the desert, becoming strong in spirit.

That is the same thing we need to do as we wait upon the Lord to take us out of the desert. He hides us to make us stronger to build our attachment to him. The dry season should not be despised, it’s where God does his best work.

Now I’m not going to sit here and pretend like the dry season is easy to go through, Lord knows it’s not, but I just want to change your perspective.  The dry season is the months of preparation before a marathon, It’s the years of training an athlete goes through before the olympics.

Trust that God is doing a good work in you and through you. Trust that he is setting you up to be  a trailblazer just like John the Baptist, a trailblazer in any field! He has the capability of using us in any field and the purpose is to point all of our victories back to him.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made, he did not make a mistake, you did not hear him wrong. Trust that he is powerful enough to make his vision for your life clear to you. You are not crazy, this world is yet to see the fullness of God’s power.

Cling to him beloved, cling to his promises and allow him to move in your life. Allow him to lead you toward your divine purpose.

Today’s prayer:

God take the lead! Father strengthen us, empower us to stay on track. We have come to far to turn back and we will not. Lord speak, your servants are listening, give us divine instruction and direction. Show us the error of our ways as you you make us more bold, confident and strong. 

We ask everything in Jesus’ mighty name!






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