This morning on my way to work, I couldn’t help but think of some of the life challenges I have faced in retrospect. My moments of weaknesses, the tears, heart aches, the loss of loved ones, the struggle to make ends meet.
Please do not judge me as a sadist, I usually reflect on things a lot especially while driving alone.
Lately, I have seen posts against sharing happy moments on social media and how we all need to be cautious about the things we put up. Most of these posts are from the perspective that the world isn’t usually happy with you when you succeed and you do not know where people’s minds are towards you. If this is true, then sharing our worst moments probably isn’t the best either.
The wilderness journey is a delicate personal experience that only you can understand and appreciate. This is the time that I have realized that God’s power is most ‘potent’.
Let us take some learnings from the Bible. The children of Israel wandered in the wilderness for forty years and during this time, they saw the mighty wonders of God. From the pillar of cloud by day to guide them to the pillar of fire by night to give them light, to food raining from the sky and many other ‘raw’ miracles.
I have come to realize that God’s mighty hand is usually seen the most during the wilderness journey. Although, sometimes it seems that God is far from us during this period, in retrospect I realize that this isn’t so. What happens is that we get so caught up in the moment and with all the issues that we fail to take into cognizance what the Lord is doing.
I recall a particular time in my life when all went wrong in 4 successions – one month (one bad experience followed another for four weeks straight!). Back then, it seemed like God had left me, I felt all alone. My sins weighed down on me and the consequences crushed me.
Looking back now, I don’t think I have ever felt so close to God as I did that period. When I cried, I cried to Him. When I smiled, I smiled through him. My every breath was hinged on Him.
So back to sharing our moments with the world, I think if we are cautious with sharing the good moments, I’ll be doubly cautious with sharing the bad. My wilderness journey as hard as it was is really precious to me and has taught me most of the good I know now.
Here is an encouragement to all who are going through the wilderness; 1. it does not last forever – there is an end date, 2. the mighty hand of God is most seen in the wilderness, 3. you will come out a victor, 4. you will help others through theirs.
Wishing you a blessed and fulfilling week!