What is Wilderness? | text/image/reflection

What is wilderness?

Image Credit: The Rev’d Danie Lindley

Is it a desert with no obvious sign of life?

Is it an empty street with no one out playing?

Is it an empty hospital corridor with everyone locked in their wards?

Is it a playground with a swing that cannot be played on?

Is it a beach with no children digging and no one in the sea?

Is it a garden overgrown and uncared for?

Is it a place in our heads where we crave company, or the touch of a hand or maybe even a hug?

Is it the feeling of hopelessness, feeling of being lost, wondering when it all will end?

Wilderness is a place we all go to on our own, with others , in our minds, in our hearts ….
But wilderness is not empty, it is not with hope… Jesus was never alone in the wilderness and nor are we. 

When the rains come deserts blossom into life the wilderness is transformed with the living water

The streets will once again be full of laughter, fun and games 

The hospital corridors will once again be busy with visitors, new life and celebrations 

The swings and slides, the fields and pitches will once again ring out with the shouts of children and those of teams as they play together again. 

The beaches will be full of families building, sharing, playing in the sea, jumping waves and picnicking. 

The gardens will be cared for, new life will appear as bulbs that have been dormant once again come to life.  

We will be able to spend time with those who we love, will be able to reach out and hug those who we want to. 

Hopelessness will fade and hope will grow 

Wilderness is a place we all go to on our own, with others , in our minds, in our hearts …. But there is always hope in Jesus. 

Rev Danie Lindley