Seeking Shelter In The Wilderness

Redefining the Wilderness

Dearest Reader, 

Where are you in your wilderness journey? As you sojourn through hard things, are you seeking shelter? Where and how can we find refuge?

Morning and evening, I seek shelter beneath a faded umbrella, meandering to my flower garden. Dahlias, Poppies, Zinnias, and Cosmos stretch towards the sun. The sun, harsh and the heat, it’s more than my body can tolerate. But I wouldn’t miss my daily strolls to smell the blooms for anything. By the way, they’re beautiful despite my not so green thumb.

Seeking shelter in the wilderness is a must with my diseases.

Mast Cell reacts to heat, sun, and allergens. POTS Syndrome is not tolerant of heat. A short walk to visit my garden gets complicated without some sort of shelter.

Likewise, we cannot wander through the desert without protection. We cannot withstand the hard knocks of life without safeguards, without a soft place to fall.

Precious One, we are not meant to make this pilgrimage alone. We need communion with God. Furthermore, we don’t have to go alone. But, know this; shelter will rarely happen upon us. A rare narrow slice of an oasis in the wilderness is precisely that, an oasis.

In other words, we must actively find shelter in the storms, seek cover in our wilderness.

Where do we seek shelter in the wilderness? 

If seeking shelter is active and not passive, we need a reliable source, a sturdy covering. An anchor to hold us down.

Beloved, there is only one sure source for life in the wilderness. There’s only one place to shelter in the storm, and that is in God.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

“Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” Genesis 2:7

Our shelter is in and from the Creator of life. The Creator of life who breathed life into our very lungs shelters us in the storms and covers us in the wilderness.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1

As we dwell in the shelter of the Most High, we are standing in the shadow of the Almighty. We are safe in the storms and covered in the wilderness.

Seeking shelter is dwelling and abiding in God.

How do we find refuge from God? By opening His Word.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1

“In him was life, and the life was the light of men.” John 1:4

Opening the Word of God, we are essentially holding the Breath of God in our hands. Immediately our eyes are lifted away from our circumstances when we read His Word. Then we feel the shelter of His wings over us, protecting, shading, covering our pain.

After we’ve sought shelter in His Word, then what?

Together with, seeking God in His Word, we pray His Word.

“I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.'”  Psalm 91:2

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1

Psalm 119 is about our relationship with God’s Word. Read through one small section at a time pray the passages that speak personally to you.

And then, declare His Word back to Him.

“Father, with my whole heart I will seek you.” (V10)

“I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.” (V14)

“This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promises give me life.” (V50)

“Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my sojourning.” (V54)

“God, your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (V105)

“Lord, you are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.” (V114)

Subsequently, we continue returning to the well of Living Water.

Lastly, meditate on and remember His word. 

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19

“And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” Isaiah 58:11

When pain burns through my bones and sleep is far away, regularly, I reach for the lamp and open my Bible to Psalm 119.

“This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promises give me life.”

Even though the pain lingers His presence is with me. Even though the pain remains, I am comforted. 

In spite of my pain, He is my everything.

Above all, “I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.'” 

Beloved, where are you in your wilderness journey? As you sojourn through hard things, are you seeking shelter?

Lastly, I am here to encourage you, equip you, and guide you as you redefine your wilderness.

Your Wilderness Guide,

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*Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotes are in the English Standard Version from Bible.com

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“There is no space to live well or love well, much less pursue the God who created us to be in fellowship with Him. We close the gap between what we need and what we want with more. Our spinning lives and broken hearts are empty while appearing full. We paste a smile on our face and tell anyone who asks we are okay while inside we are shattering a million different ways.” -Mornings In The Word