“WILDERNESS…the vestibule in which a material sense of things disappears, and spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence.” (Science and Health, p. 597)
Our wilderness experiences may seem dark and challenging. We all certainly have these times where we feel lost and alone, confused and hopeless. In the Bible, the wilderness was a significant character in the development of spiritual lives and the eventual discovery of freedom, peace, strength, and a more profound understanding of reality.
Jesus’ days in the wilderness prepared him to complete his mission. He emphatically defeated the arguments of the devil through his reliance on God and His word. The material sense of things was dissolving as the Truth came to light and to life. Likewise, years spent in the wilderness were challenging for Moses and the children of Israel, but this time deepened their dependence on God, and miracles abounded right where all seemed lost.
Hard times for us can also be seen as a vestibule, a passageway that leads out of a belief in the limits and lies of the senses, and into a more limitless awareness of life as eternal. These wilderness experiences turn us from a belief in ego, in self, as the source and controller of life, to a realization that we are governed by God, divine Love. So, we are truly safe, whole, and ready to live more fully and generously.
We can certainly see that there is beauty in nature’s wilderness, and we should open our eyes to the loveliness of the wilderness in our own experiences—in that space where we abandon a desire for pristine material perfection and embrace the unbridled but natural growth of life set free.
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