He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
~ Isaiah 40:11
One thing I have been struggling with for the past year is to find a place where I am truly being fed. While ministry is important to me, having a place where I can go to find food for my spirit has left me wanting more.
I think we all experience spiritual deserts. In our wanderings we hope to have enough reserves to ensure that we will remain healthy for the journey, but sometimes we can simply encounter times that exhaust our resources.
Yesterday while sharing about this experience with a pastor, she related to me, "You need to go where you can be fed."
You know how sometimes you suddenly hear something that resonates truth, and then things make sense?
I had one of those moments. The need for us to find places where we can experience renewal and enrichment is a necessary journey we all must make if we are to grow. It's easy to wander in the desert, it's allowing our faith to lead that makes it a pilgrimage!
We often think that if we just pray harder, or give more of ourselves to something, that it will somehow miraculously change. Sometimes it requires more. Our journey should never be about lowering our expectations. God certainly doesn't desire that for any of us!
Our eyes must remain focused, and our heart must listen!
Finding a place where we can receive nourishment must be a daily desire. Like manna from heaven for the Hebrew people while they wandered the desert, God has already provided. It is up to us to go out and get it!
May we all be fed!
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.