When we find ourselves in the wilderness of loneliness, God will speak the most. And if we speak as a true pastor, messenger, prophet – we will find ourselves in this loneliness. For speaking as a true child of God means we speak unpopular things and in an unpopular way. Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us. He was not accepted by His own, therefore he was not able to do many works there. He pressed forward.
The wilderness makes us see things from a distance like the church buildings with man’s interpretations of the scripture. Dip or sprinkle, Saturday or Sunday, uniform in worship or running to the alter, offerings taken up or dropped in a basket when leaving, praying to Jesus or Mary, repenting or leaving it to God as to where we spend eternity. Whatever the difference, its a difference that keeps the children of God from worshipping together. The church building was to be a house of prayer for the church.
We were meant to love, worship, and help together. There was a box in the pet store for donations. It ran over with pet food. A box in the grocery store was empty. My heart went out to the undocumented orphans being raised by disabled elderly grandparents.
I saw a bird this morning singing to all creation from branch to branch with leaves before his face. The true pastors, messengers, and prophets will continue to sing of Jesus from place to place, but it will not be our light that man sees but the light of Jesus in us. We have no light of our own for it is His work we proclaim and not our work for we do the work of the Father in Heaven, from where all blessings flow.
It is the fruit of His words and His works that we put out in love, joy, and kindness with peace, patience, and faithfulness. Against these things there is no law. We point the way of the ancient paths, the good way where there is rest for the souls. For the world does not see Him and cannot accept Him, but we see Him-the Spirit of Truth. Christ does not leave us as orphans but with a Comforter whether on the mountain top or in the valley of wilderness.
So we sing. We sing with our face behind a branch of His love and His saving grace. Where there is hope in this fallen world, and joy and love beyond the comprehension of the minds of mortal man.
Galatians 5:22-23 Jeremiah 6:16 Micah 6:8 John 14:15-30 Isaiah 58
(picture from the shores of Alabama)