I know I'm not the only one who gets that, and yet when I'm in that place I'm convinced it is uniquely mine.
Yet just last night, God was whispering to me, "Delight in the desert."
And yet, this is what He spoke to me. So it must be possible.
For that which God calls us to He has also equipped us for.
The desert and the parched land will be glad;
the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
When I feel dried up and parched, when I think I have been deserted, there is hope. God can speak life to me and I will not only be revived, but I can burst into bloom, shout for joy with great rejoicing, and be glad.
In Deuteronomy 32:10 it says that He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. Isaiah 35:6 reassures us that then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
Obviously, God really digs the desert. There is a lot He likes to do in it. He seeks out those who are in it, in a howling wilderness, and leads them and instructs them. He ministers miraculous healing and equips those who are woefully in need.
He creates sources of provision out of nothing!
My favorite desert verse, though, is found in Hosea 2:14-16. Here God tells us through the prophet that He is going to call out to His wandering beloved and allure into the desert with the intention of speaking tenderly to her there. He will RESTORE to her the things that have been taken from her and TRANSFORM her pain into HOPE. And from that day forward she will be able to call Him HUSBAND instead of master.
Okay, God. I think I get it. I can, indeed, delight in the desert.
Maybe not in the scenery or the inevitable sand in my eyes and dust in my food, but in the communion we are going to have there. I can delight in hearing you more clearly because I have been stripped of every other influence. I can delight in the restorative work you want to do in my life. I can delight in your boundless provision that springs out of impossible circumstances. I can delight in coming to as your beloved bride and calling out to you, Husband!
Lord, take me to the desert. I am hungry to delight in you!