I explained that, sometimes, before we start out on something new, it's good to take time to think about it. Before we begin something important, it's good to work out how. Peace and quiet and space help us move forward.
We may not choose the desert or the wilderness as our space. We may prefer the beach or the forest - or even our own room, but we all need a Space that leaves the world behind and allows us to get things straight in our heads.
The call to repentance comes to us today
to be embraced not as a once for all
but as a discipline to be repeated
time and again.
In high seasons and in low
in business and in quiet
Finding wilderness spaces
allows us to turn again
to the God whom we lost
in all the distractions that life presents -
the God who looks into our eyes,
tells us we are beloved children
and then reveals a work that only we can do.
God calls us to trek through the wilderness
for striding through life focused on God's mission.
Liz Crumlish Lent 2012