While I sat settling into my favorite thinking chair for some quiet time I glanced at an article entitled “Why Should We Protect the Wilderness.” By now most of you know my biases and tendencies, and still accept me.  Miracles never cease. No worries. I won’t be ranting any progressive policies. At least not here. The article was not technically challenging on any level. It was simple and stated: “There are many reasons we need to protect wilderness: Wilderness protects watersheds that provide clean drinking water to surrounding communities. Wilderness filters and cleans the air we breathe. Many animals we love call wilderness their home. People depend on wilderness for their favorite recreation opportunities, such as: nature walking, wildlife watching, hiking, hunting, fishing, canoeing and camping.”  The article went on to identify other reasons as well, but I need to get to my thought for today, which is focused on the wilderness. I’ve been pondering the notion of wilderness as it occurs in scripture.  In scripture the wilderness is a place of danger, temptation and chaos. It serves as a place of barrenness and hunger. It is a location for God’s testing. But the wilderness is also a place for solitude, nourishment, and revelation.  The wilderness is a place where ordinary life is slowed down, where identity shifts, and new possibilities emerge. In many cases the wilderness is the place where transformation becomes possible. Here is what I was pondering. So what do I do with the powerful, life-challenging or changing experiences that happens in my life — the epiphanies, the holy moments where there is a personal revelation or a moment when clarity breaks through and I suddenly understand something previously hidden? What do you do when that happens?

Scripture Reading: Mark 1:12-13
“And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.  He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.”

Reflection Questions:
What do you do with the holy moments you have experienced?
How are the angels waiting on you?
How are you protecting the wilderness?

Prayer: Holy God, slow me down and break through my resistance so I can experience clarity. Lead me into a place where I will better understand your desire for my life. Amen.

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