It is a dry place, and often in higher elevations where it is blistering hot in the daytime, and cold as blazes in the night.
Without training, or luck, the likelihood of surviving is not very high. As your strength wains, you get fooled by those wavering mirages of hope and rest…and, wait, can you see it? Water! Quick. Run. Go. It’s right there!
With faltering steps you run toward where you think the answer to your need lies. Only to find it never existed except in your tired mind.
I feel we live in a time when we need the refreshment of sustenance. More and more. We see the mirage of this world promising the rest and relaxation at the end of the rainbow. We seek. We search. We go hither and yon. And find nothing but more of the same stuff we are trapped by. Day in. Day out.
Isaiah prophesied to Israel that a day would come that would be the refreshing they would need. Indeed, they had been seeking for it since Eden.
For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people, To whom He said, “This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest,” And, “This is the refreshing”; Yet they would not hear. (Isaiah 28:11-12 NKJV)
This is it… Yet you do not hear it. What? This. Rest for the weary. Where? Here. Yet, it’s not a place, or anything undefinable. This rest is found in Jesus. Not the church. That’s just the place where we mostly go to find him. But Jesus is not limited to being found in the church.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV)
Do I need the church? YES. It represents that ark of safety. It’s where you find his teachings and his spirit. Alive. Feeding us. Preparing us for ministry. Just as it was in the days of Noah. The world was wild and untamed. Where was safety found? Only in the Ark. (Hebrews 11:7, 1 Peter 3:20, 2 Peters 2:5)
But what you really need is a time and season of refreshing. It’s not a vacation from God, or the church. It’s that time of simply being blessed and sustained when it seems the weight of the world is resting all over you. Burdens are lifted. Spirit is refreshed like that oil and wine used by the Samaritan (Luke 10:34).
It’s often when we reach the extreme of life and living, even that desert experience, that help comes alongside and gives us the blessings we need to sustain for that ultimate rest we so seek.
Praying for your sustainer and you.