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God will make a way even where there seems to be no way.
"I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert."
Isaiah 43:19


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June 19, 2017:    

Rest in the Wilderness
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Mark 6:31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while....” 

Today makes six months since my son Buddy had the heart attack, which ultimately led to his death three days later. I’m perfectly aware there’s a “Buddy-sized” hole in my heart, which will never heal. However, I thought surely after six months, I’d have reached a point where I could function. But it hasn’t worked that way. Although I seem to be doing better emotionally, my body isn’t, and I’ve been sick for almost four months. I’ve finally had to make an appointment with a pulmonologist to find out what’s going on. 

After several months of neglect, I have more things on my plate than I could possibly do, more concerns and worries than anyone could guess, and a broken heart about a situation beyond my control. Now I am facing an “enforced Sabbath” of at least several weeks because my lungs won’t cooperate. None of that has made me a happy camper because I hate having my activities limited, don’t you? 

I especially hate it when I have so much to do and when sorrow or fear over what I cannot change or control is consuming me. My usual response to fear is to stay so busy I can’t dwell on it. Rest? It’s not high on my list of preferred activities. And this wasn’t exactly the kind of rest I would choose even if I did want a break: a vacation in the desert, the barren place of testing? No, thank you. Those barren places are what you want to get away from at the very first opportunity! Yet that’s where I found myself when I opened my Bible and read 
Mark 6:31

The disciples had been busy about doing what the Lord had given them to do, and when they were reporting back to Him, His absolute direction was to tell them they were to “come apart into a desert place, and rest a while.” But, Lord, don’t You see the work is not yet done? Don’t You know there are people I love in a far country and others I love who need me right now? You’ve said Yourself there isn’t even time for me to eat. How can I rest in this place of hardship, this place of desperate sorrow…this desert place? 

However, the disciples obeyed and when they did, Jesus took the pitiful things they had, five loaves and two little fishes, and performed a miracle as only He can do. And He did it in the barren place to which He had called them. We can take heart from this, weary Christian. What feels like chastisement or abandonment in the wilderness may really be an invitation to rest in the Savior.   

Mark tells us that Jesus was moved with compassion, and I’m sure some of that same compassion extended to his disciples and to you and me. Oh, that we could trust Jesus in the desert place as well as in the land that flows with milk and honey! Oh, that we could take Him at His word! I don’t do it perfectly, but I’m learning. Among other things I’ve learned in these months since I lost my son, I’m learning God can give me rest even in the wilderness of my greatest loss and can then take the little I have and use it to do something wonderful. 

Challenge for Today: What might happen if we, just for today, chose to trust God in our wilderness and learned to rest in Him?


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