Moses, John, Jesus — all had desert experiences. Paul was shipwrecked, Joseph's brothers left him for dead.
When God wants our attention, he often chooses to isolate us—either through our choices or by his design—either way; we must seek his direction and find comfort solely in him when this occurs.
I hope you're not expecting anything spiritually profound. Year's end is a time of reflection. I've completed an extended period of volunteer, board, and ministry service. It's time to rest for a while.
At the recommendation of John Stonestreet, President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I've been reading "The Seeking Heart," by Fenelon. In the late 1700's, Fenelon had keen insight into the mind of Christ and the heart of the believer.
I've captured a few of Fenelon's thoughts that I've been dwelling on for the dry times in life:
"Be careful when you seek help from people when God does not want you to. Remember they can only give you what he gives to them to give to you."
"Follow Him simply wherever he may lead you, and you will not have to think up big plans to bring about your perfection."
"Embrace the difficult circumstances you find yourself in—even when you feel they will overwhelm you... Behind every annoying circumstance, learn to see God governing all things."
Perhaps the most important thought for you and me:
"I also warn you not to let your business distract you from your spiritual life. If you allow yourself to be completely distracted, your heart will grow hard. Retire to pray when you can and live the rest of your day in love."
It's a privilege to write and pray for you.
Posted on Sun, November 26, 2017
by Brian Sooy filed under