God finds his people in the desert, in a barren wasteland.
God shields them and cares for them, guarding them as the apple of his eye. (Deut. 32: 10)
When I was at Koinonia, a camp in New York, a church youth group decided to take a nice long hike on a warm fall day. Several students left on the hike without jackets. Two students, familiar with the camp, decided to walk ahead of the group and explore. However, they were a little overconfident in their comfort with their surroundings.
Koinonia is 1200 acres of thick forest. It is surrounded by endless acres of thick woods. If you leave the trails, it is quite easy to get lost, which is exactly what these two students did as they hiked. Then the weather changed. The sun was covered by clouds and it began to rain. Now the two lost students were in danger of suffering from hypothermia.
I was attending a wedding down the road from the camp when I received a call from the group’s leader. A couple of minutes later, I found myself walking through the woods in a suit looking for lost children. Fortunately, I had a reasonably good idea of their location and was able to find them in less than 30 minutes. However, when we found the boys, they were cold, shaking and visibly upset. The early stages of hypothermia were beginning to set in.
The real difficulties in our life rarely come with warning signs. They over take us in the midst of a beautiful day. We can move from total comfort to the desert of despair in the blink of an eye. These moments leave us shaken and feeling alone.
Today’s reading is a word of comfort to those who feel lost. God will find you in the desert of your despair. We need to remember, God rarely comes to us in burning bushes or cracks of thunder, things that capture our attention. The invisibility of God can often leave people feeling angry or abandoned. In these times it is helpful to remember, people are the language of God.
The promise breathing through these words are good to remember. You are not alone. Even when you feel your most isolated, you are never alone. You are the apple of God’s eye and God will shield and protect you. Look at the people around you and see where this is taking place. Read: Deut. 32: 8-11