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Where your wilderness will lead
Published on: June 2, 2024

As you look at the wilderness from a distance it is a place of grandeur and majestic beauty. The closer you get it becomes a place of testing your endurance where safety or security may be in jeopardy. Your wilderness may be a place of loss, whether from death, finances or health. How does this loss become a place of restoration and abundance? When you are zapped from the journey, how do you gain strength through a difficult time that leaves you weak and vulnerable?  You may not get to choose the wilderness journey you take, but you can choose to make the best of a bad situation. Listen to “Eye Of The Storm” by Ryan Stevenson, “When a sickness takes my child away and there’s nothing I can do, my only hope is to trust you…” Illness and accidents are sometimes the roughest way in the wilderness. Here’s four ways to get through the wilderness when you’re wounded to a land of wonders:

Strength-If you find yourself worn and weak, struggling and exhausted beyond the point of going on, put one foot in front of the other. God will never fail to help you. Psalm 118 promises that when you are pushed back and about to fall, He is your strength and song, He has become your salvation. 

Sharing_ The comfort and hope you have been given in your pain, can cause an understanding of what others are going through at a level not comprehended before your wilderness experience. “If troubles weigh us down, that just means we will receive even more comfort to pass onto you for your deliverance! For the comfort pouring into us empowers us to bring comfort to you. And with this comfort upholding you, you can endure victoriously the same suffering we experience” (II Corinthians 1: 6 TPT). I would not be encouraging others  that there is healing for the broken heart if I had not experienced it after my husband and son died. You will get through the wilderness and then help others in their journey as the comfort cascades.

Surety- Sure if I had my druthers I would wish them alive, but really they are more alive than ever. That perspective and knowing you will see your loved ones again in a place of no pain and suffering is spectacular and reassuring! Have confidence that no matter what happens on your  path that’s painful, even if it’s horrible, the character of God is good and full of love. His mercy never fails. “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail” (Lamentations 3:22 NIV). 

Stand-  If negative or fearful thoughts accost you, you have the ability to capture these thoughts which may be about death, defeat or depression. For your weapons are mighty because Jesus fought your battle and it’s already won! ( II Corinthians 10:5).

Make the choice to stand in praise and authority. For praise is a weapon, it’s the water your enemies drown in. (Listen to the song PRAISE by Elevation Worship.) Jesus calmed the storm and delivered two tortured men, He will calm your storm and bring you to deliverance and victory from whatever wilderness that has you wounded or bound ( Matthew 8: 23-34).

Our mighty God created the wild waves, the majestic mountains and serene sea. There is beauty in it all, even the wilderness. Take your opportunity for adventure, grab your staff, your stuff and your traveling companion’s arm as He helps you through the wilderness. Jesus will carry you if needed over the roughest patches. “You empower me for victory with your wrap around presence “ (Psalm 18:35 TPT). There is no better wrap to take with you in the wilderness!

Love, Debbie