Wandering in the Wastelands
Psalm 107:4-9 Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
It seems like we really know who are friends are when we are down. It seems like we really know who loves us when we are unlovable. It seems like when we are at our lowest point, that’s when we most urgently seek God. And so while we really don’t like wandering in the wastelands, hungry and thirsty; our lives ebbing away, it drives us to something better. It separates us from the fair-weathered friends and it drives us to the One who can guide us, feed us, and quench our thirst. It drives us to the One who can save us.
That wandering drives us to God.