In the wilderness


No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength. -- Jack Kerouac

We all go through our own kind of wilderness... and normally I don't think of solitude as being present during that adventuresome time.  I do agree that we can find our own hidden strength when we are alone.

However, I think we more often find true strength during times of adversity - which is a whole other kind of wilderness (or wildebeest!) 

I find myself seeking God most, during times of struggle, in the quiet still of night.

I read recently in a book that when we feel far from God it's because we have moved away from Him and not the other way around.  That was a very profound statement for me to ponder.  I hope it is for you, too.

9 comments

  1. I love this post...about it being Ok to be bored in the wilderness, some people never give themselves the down time to be bored, we are way over programmed. And I love the quote about feeling apart from God, it's never Him, but us. I wish I could burn that into my heart!

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  2. I have also read that statement, about us moving away from God. I think we are all so rushed and having to fill every moment with sound or action, many of us have forgotten how to listen for him. Interesting and good illustration of your point in this photo!

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  3. the flower is hiding behind the grass, this is wonderful. I agree with wildebesst! seen him/her many times.

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  4. a lovely thought to ponder...and a lovely flower to compliment it

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  5. I love the picture.The grasses add to the beauty.
    Yes,no one likes to go through adversity,but it is a time of spiritual growth.My husband and I went through such a time last year,when our sons' marriage fell apart.I can honestly say that it brought Jake and me closer to God and to each other.
    BLessings,Ruth

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  6. Amazingly beautiful things that we discover in the wilderness.

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  7. I certainly agree with Kerouac about experiencing solitude in the wilderness, except I can't even begin to imagine how that would ever be boring.

    Great photo!

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  8. I certainly agree with Kerouac about experiencing solitude in the wilderness, except I can't even begin to imagine how that would ever be boring.

    Great photo!

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  9. Anonymous2:51 PM

    Very beautiful. I had that same revelation many years ago, that when we feel far from God it's definitely not that He has left us, it's that we had. Aren't we ever blessed!!! xxoo
    Mom

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