Have you ever been in that place where you feel so alone, you wonder if God is even hearing your prayers, And your reading of His Word seems dry and distant? I've been there. And I've wondered why. My first thought is always guilt -- that it must be me, that I've done something wrong, missed something that I was supposed to do, learn, be, or whatever, and got off track with my Christian life. But I have learned that the greatest lessons taught to me was in that Desert Place where I thirsted more than ever and walked with sand in my shoes to a place called nowhere. Lately, I've been reviewing the life of Hagar and how she trudged her way through the desert with her baby boy --- only to have a meeting with the Lord Himself and to learn His Name -- El Roi --- The God who Sees. And He provided a well to quench their thirst and gave hope, direction, and a vision of her future. He doesn't leave us there and He always has a purpose!
The Desert Place
To think that He would bring me here was never in my plan.
My dreams were quiet valleys where the deeper waters ran
To feed within Your pastures green and not a fear to trace --
Oh, Father, why the choice of this, the lonely desert place?
Paths that lead me nowhere, and I walk them all alone.
Futile days of desert heat, and nights that chill the bone.
I’m tired, Lord, so tired of the heavy, aching heart!
Tired of defeated days before they even start.
Where can I find my song again? Oh, Father, can it be
That even in this desert place you have forgotten me?
“I never will forsake thee!” Oh, how sweet the promise is!
To know that I am not alone, for I’m a child of His.
Oh, Father, may I learn that you will feed me with thy bread,
That somewhere in this desert place you have a table spread.
Teach me all the lessons which you think that I should know,
And may I pay attention to where e’er thy footsteps go,
So when another pilgrim finds his way into this land,
And cries, “I am so lonely!” I can say, “I understand.”
I will not doubt that through it all, You know what’s best for me.
And may I find within this place my chosen ministry.
And when the evening hours come and sunlight starts to dim,
I’ll know that I was not alone, but walked today with Him.