I haven’t blogged in such a long time.
Alas. So much for being a “true” blogger who’s at it unceasingly!
It seems, however, that I needed this hiatus. Much of my energy during this break has been poured into realizing a dream to move to cooler climates. After literally years of prayer (of asking, seeking and knocking—Matthew 7:7), a door of opportunity opened for my family and I to move to the Pacific Northwest. As I write this I am in a climate so very different from the desert. Eugene is wet, lush, green, cloudy and cold…and I’m loving it!
But the lessons I have learned from my time in desert have not escaped me, especially the spiritual ones. I am so grateful for the intense spiritual growth I’ve witnessed in myself over the last 5 1/2 years in the Sonoran Desert. My sojourn tested me physically, emotionally and, without a doubt, spiritually.
As I reflect on this desert journey, I want to pass on some of the lessons I’ve learned. Here is the first one:
This too shall pass.
Summer in the desert can seem to last forever. It arrives early in the year and continues month after month. It is not uncommon for late March and early April to be in the mid 90s. The month of May continues to see temperatures rise and by June it is guaranteed to be dry and blazing. July, August and September are hot and if luck has it, humid with the wet monsoon season. By October, with the weather still warm both day and night, it feels like cool temperatures won’t ever grace the desert land.
And then it happens. A sudden shift occurs in the evenings. A cool breeze beckons you to open your windows and doors. The nights almost require a long sleeve shirt and quite possibly, for the thinner-blood, desert dwellers, a light jacket. With little warning and almost overnight, fall arrives.
But it wasn’t just the heat that I thought would never pass. There were days and weeks in the desert when I believed my depression would never lift, financial burdens would remain heavy or illness would forever be present in my life. I could look to the future and see no hope on the horizon—only more of the same, heat and heartache.
Ever felt this way? Ever believed life couldn’t possibly change for the better?
Like the fierce desert sun that can be so oppressive, perhaps your burdens are overwhelming you right now. You cannot find any shelter; no sanctuary seems to exist for the renewal of your spirit. Your life has become an ongoing battle and despair is winning. Just as cool weather in the desert seems to have abandoned the land, so too does hope seem out of reach.
If this is how you feel, if this is your reality here and now, know this: This…too…shall… pass.
This season of your life will NOT last forever. And if you cannot believe this for yourself, I will hold that hope for you. I have been where you are now.
Do not give up.
A new season is just around the corner!