Posted by: revladyem | July 22, 2009

Seek, Find

The wilderness experience is always different for each one that experiences it.  Whether it is in the quiet of the forest, the splendor of the majestic mountain, or the peace by the flowing water, the wilderness holds something for everyone.

Then Judean Wilderness for David held a place of safety, rest, of retreat from the Wilderness of Ziph at Horesh (1 Sam 23:15), to the Wilderness of Maon, to the south of Jeshimon (1 Sam, 23:24b), to the Wilderness of En-gedi (1Sam. 24:1).  The Wilderness of Paran (1 Sam. 25:1), the wilderness held a place of reflection for David following Samuel’s death.  The wilderness experience was quite the opposite for Saul as it held a place of search, intrigue, and frustration as he sought out David. 

For the children of Israel on their exodus from Egypt, the wilderness experience held a different meaning for each one, just as our experiences are all different.  They had just witnessed the parting of the Red Sea and their enemy swept under by the waves, yet there were still complaints, but isn’t that how we do?  The Israelites needed water while crossing Wilderness of Shur and could find none for three days (Ex. 15: 22). Then the bitter waters of Marah were made sweet a piece of wood shown to Moses by God and thrown into the water.  God tested the Israelites.  He admonished them to heed His voice and follow His laws and disease would not threaten them.  At Elim they were refreshed with twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees and they camped by the water (Ex. 15:27).  Their needs were again met in a collective experience, but I bet each one had just a little different take on it.

In the Wilderness of Sin (Ex. 16:1), between Elim and Sinai, the Israelites complained about food.  They were given manna in the morning and quail in the evening with simple instructions on gathering the food.  Again, their needs were met.  In the Wilderness of Sinai, the Law was received and we all have gained from that experience.

David sought refuge in the wilderness, the Israelites escaped to the wilderness, Jesus was led to and tempted in the wilderness.  There is something to be had in a wilderness experience whether it presents itself as a retreat, an escape, a place of rejuvenation, a place of exploration, or fun.   I have experienced the Judean wilderness and it is a trial.  Ahhh – but an awesome one. Whew! 

The Smoky Mountains in Tennessee have been a favorite of mine for years.  On of my many weekend trips, I have hiked trails, dipped in the waterfalls, ate, slept, wrote, and marveled at God’s work.  The grand thing about the wilderness is that is usually does not close.  Each time of the year holds its own wonder.  The fall of the year in the Smokies, many try to visit during the peak color changing time.  The winter snows are the only thing that may close the roads.  The spring finds new growth and wonder as the mountains awake to new life.  The summer brings out everything including the bears and snakes. You really have to go.  In Gatlinburg, take the tram to the highest peak, and then the eleven mile one way road through Cades Cove.  Bicyclist will enjoy that ride when they have the road to themselves on certain days of the week.  Okay, that was enough reminiscing, look up the Smoky Mountains

There are so many public lands and wilderness places in America that have been kept as such for our experience thanks to the Wilderness Act of 1964, and through The Public Land Management Omnibus Bill signed into law by President Obama on March 2009. The Smokies are my favorite.  My next trip shall be to the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia.  Why don’t you get out and explore God’s wonders?  Let me know where you are going.  Take pictures!  Make memories.  And enjoy!

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