Make Peace with Your Wilderness

“Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage. Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, saying, ‘I have become a foreigner in a foreign land.’” 

– Exodus 2:21,22

Nobody wants to be in the wilderness…at least not initially. Such was most certainly the case for Moses, who after murdering an Egyptian man, was forced to flee to the desert. He killed in a cowardly way and tried to cover his tracks, but he realized the next day that he had been seen by several of his Jewish countrymen, so he ran as fast and furiously as he could because Pharaoh was hot on his trail. Leaving behind his birth family and his privileged life in the palace, the Bible tells us that he landed in Midian, which is neither Hebrew nor Egyptian. 

Once settled in a neutral land, Moses began to live as if the previous season of his life had not existed. After he rescued a group of sisters from aggressive shepherds as they were watering their father’s sheep, their dad, Reuel, (later called Jethro) took Moses in and eventually gave him one of his daughters, Zipporah, in marriage. Zipporah had a baby and they named him Gershom to commemorate the fact that Moses was now embracing life in a foreign land. Having put down roots, his family stayed right there in Midian for many years, until God finally called him to the next season of his life. 

Friend, my advice to you today is to make peace with your wilderness. No matter how you got there, whether by your own choices or through circumstances outside of your control, find the good in that place and embrace it. Though the season of unknown may be longer than you had hoped, and you may feel like you will never move from there, God is faithful and He is in motion even when you don’t perceive it. There is work to be done in the wilderness of your life and there are many things Jesus wants to teach you there, so don’t flee from it or try to escape it prematurely. Let the Lord finish the work He has begun in you, even in a place of discomfort and loneliness, and know that with Him, you are never by yourself! 


I choose, Jesus, to embrace my wilderness seasons, even though I don’t like being there.


Are you in a wilderness season? How are you trusting God in it?

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