Today’s word is “Wilderness.” Feel free time join along if you want. I hope you enjoy the photo. It was taken October 28, 2017 during a “Girl’s Weekend” camping trip with some of my friends from my church.
Wilderness according to the dictionary means a wild and uncultivated region, as of forest or desert, uninhabited or inhabited only by wild animals; a tract of wasteland.
Some examples of wilderness in the Bible are:
Ezekiel 34:24-25, “And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the Lord , have spoken. I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild animals from the land, so that they may live in the wild and sleep in the woods securely.”
Isaiah 43:19-21, “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild animals will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches; for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise.”
Mark 1:12-13, “And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.”
When thinking about the word, “wilderness” I have experienced it a couple of different ways as it relates to life in general and living a Christian life. The wilderness can be a sense of being lost or confused, as a kid I spent a lot of time in a woods near my home. If I wasn’t careful I could easily get lost or be directionally challenged if I didn’t pay attention to landscape. In the same respect, the wilderness can be a place of quiet respite. As a kid I loved going into the woods to pick wild flowers for my mom, well I learned later in life they were weeds but pretty weeds nonetheless. My mom would also take my brother and I fishing in those same woods in old mining pits. My wilderness holds lots of precious memories for me. It also holds some frightening truths about my childhood but I now know that I serve a God that is with me no matter where I go or where I’ve been.
ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed below.