During family Bible time recently, we read a portion of Mark 1. Likely you’re familiar with John the Baptist. How did God prepare John for ministry?
The answer is pretty amazing if one takes a moment to ponder it. He prepared John in the wilderness. Really think about that. God could have sent him away to a comfortable place with many resources to study and plenty of great food to eat. No! His preparation came in the wilderness.
God writes each of our stories, and they are beautiful. Maybe you’re chafing against time in the wilderness (it’d be pretty lonely, wouldn’t it?). Please don’t. Embrace it. Rejoice in God’s amazing plan.
Matthew 16:24 is so clear on what we as Christians are called to joyfully do: “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
Serving the One Who died for me is a sweet privilege. How could I give any less?