“Now when Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Herob, the mountain of God.” Exodus 3:1
Michelangelo would spend hours staring at the 18 ft block of marble. He would come in everyday for around four months, just stare at the block and return home at the end of the day. One day a visiting prince came into Michelangelo’s studio and saw him staring at the marble. Obviously the prince felt compelled to ask him, “What are you doing?” To which Michelangelo replied, “I’m working”. And for the three following years, he transformed that marble block into the statue of David.
This is similar to the way God prepares us in our spiritual lives. Sometimes in fitting us for great works, He has to remove us into the wilderness. There he humbles us, reveals to us our own hearts, teaches us to live by his words, demonstrates that he can provide for us in any circumstance, and we learn to fear and obey him. If God is like Michelangelo staring at the block and envisioning the perfect end result we are to be like the marble block – be still. The end result will be majestic.
Noah waited 120 years for the first drop of rain, Abraham waited 25 years for Isaac to be born, Joseph languished 13 years in prison before making his way back to his exalted position in the king’s palace, and David waited 12 years for God to make him the rightful king of Israel. But in all these years of waiting God was preparing them in ways no one could see or understand.
If you know that your life is quiet and it is not because you have sinned or gone astray. And If you know this is because God is preparing you, then hold on, keep the faith. He will come through. He will take you out of the wilderness.
“The wilderness holds answers to more questions than we have yet learned to ask.” – Nancy Newhall