Desert Times–All A Part of God’s Plan

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18

One magazine article depicted the desert image most visibly by stating, “The hot desert is a land of extremes: extreme heat and extreme dryness; sudden flash floods and cold nights.”

Sound familiar? Oh yes! We too often view our spiritual desert times as extreme and dry. Times where the heat has been turned up. Times when we have flash floods of trials and cold and lonely nights of wondering where God is.

During my desert times, I began to question many things. I questioned my purpose and even my calling. With discouragement settling in, I felt as though God had abandoned me. I cried often, wanting to leave my, “Extreme dry land.” But then God showed me a wonderful truth. I was right where He wanted me to be.

As God changed my heart, I began to see my situation with new eyes and my journey took on a whole new meaning. I saw purpose and valuable lessons that could only have come through my assigned desert. More importantly, God was not taken by surprise by where I was. The Bible states, “And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.” (Psalm 139:16) 

Are you currently in a desert time? May I share with you today that even though it may be a difficult season, God is orchestrating something beautiful for your life. Instead of focusing on what you can’t see, set your mind on Christ and know with certainty, there is purpose in where you are. (Additional Scripture Passages: Joshua 1:9, 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, Romans 12:12)

–Written by Shea Lowery

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