Out of the Wilderness

The Spirit immediately drove Jesus out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him (Mark 1.12-14)

Another Lent. It’s almost over. And, too, my walk into the wilderness of my soul.

(Lent is not the only time I dare venture there, yet it is that annual season surpassing all others in its Spirit-inspired-and-insistent demand.)

What do I bring out…bring back to show – to my nearest and dearest or to any other sister or brother, known or stranger – that I am different? Less “self-ed”? More in the image of the One who created me?

A sifting handful of shifting sand of my sometimes-feckless faithfulness?

A dry, weather-worn leaf of my failure to flower in Spirit-fruit?

A shadow of temptations hard to bear bearing hard on my wearied strength?

An echo of howling beasts; my defiant desires protesting the grace of goodness?

Yes, yes, yes, yes. Of my still-broken self, these and more do I, from there, bring here…

Yet, too, the quivered-lips of my resounding, repentant praise for Divine Love’s alway-angelic absolving care.

© 2022 PRA

Illustration: The Temptation in the Wilderness (1898), Briton Rivière (1840-1920)

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2 thoughts on “Out of the Wilderness

  1. Love this Paul! Lent is almost over and I’m still broken too, BUT like you I’m hoping I’m less self-ed too!! I’m happy, thrilled actually that I’m helping people in a myriad of ways, YET I know I could still be doing more! I still have a little bit more time to focus on some goals that could help me do more while still caring for myself!



    1. “I still have a little bit more time to focus on some goals that could help me do more while still caring for myself!” Ah, my dear sister, in this, I sense the essentiality of our striving to maintain balance. Balance between what we do and who we are. Bless you and, as always, carry on!



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