The awakening of your true self will feel like dying and rising.
“The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the desert until the day of his manifestation to Israel.”
The desert is not fun…but necessary.
Today’s passage comes from the account of the birth of John the Baptist. Many believed John was destined to do something great…but it took years of being in the desert to manifest his calling.
Each moment was part of the “birthing process” of his true self.
It’s easy to feel impatient when we are having a “desert” experience…wandering…not sure where it’s leading. It’s a struggle.
Many succumb by numbing their spiritual yearnings with various addictions.
Many mistakenly think something physical will satisfy their soul’s cry. For others…worldly attractions distract them from their soul’s desires…and they never even enter the desert.
But just like the Israelites were led through the desert to freedom…we, too, need the desert experience.
This is usually second-half-of-life stuff…but it can happen earlier for those who are ready. It starts when all the old answers no longer satisfy or even make sense anymore.
The desert experience can feel like the rug has been pulled out from under you! But if you persevere and keep trusting in God after taking three steps forward and two steps back…one day you will look back at what has transpired and see how your life has been transformed.
You will then see how faithful God has been…even when you were not.
What will be your “manifestation” of God’s unconditional love to the world?
Letting go of your ego and entering the desert…is the only way for your true self to emerge.
Has this…or is this happening in your life?
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