“Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her.” (Hosea 2:14)
“We need to find some uncluttered space where we can discover the small, fragile beauty under the surface sands of our busy lives and be attentive to Jesus’ good news.” (Verna Holyhead sgs)
My life is noisy, but empty. I am loved, but I still feel lonely. I have all I need, and it’s never enough. O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me.
I will turn the wilderness into a lake and dry ground into a waterspring, In the wilderness I will put cedar trees, wattles, myrtles and olives. (Is. 41: 18-19)
To be in the desert is to be thirsty, to be uncomfortable, to be enveloped in silence. When you let the desert have its way your soul will be transformed and renewed.
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,
the desert shall rejoice and blossom;
like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly,
and rejoice with joy and singing. (Is. 35:1)
‘God is like a person who clears his throat while playing hide and seek and so gives himself away.’(Meister Eckhart)
Easter yourself – walk by a lake or follow a bush stream. Watch waves lap the sand or a fountain spray catch the sunlight. Run your fingers through still water. And let your God still your soul.
Images: Jean-Claude Rowland