Isaiah saw the glory of the Lord in the wilderness. He said,
“A voice of one calling: In the wilderness prepare a way for the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God… And the glory of the Lord will be revealed” (Isaiah 40:3, 5).
In this vision, the glory of the Lord originated in the wilderness. From there it traveled to a place where “all people will see it together” (Isaiah 40:5).
When we go into the wilderness, we have the opportunity to experience the glory of the Lord. In being in the things that God created, we have the option to connect with that glory and for it to rest upon us.
Then, when we come out of the wilderness, we can become part of the “highway” that brings the glory to our everyday lives: our homes, our workplaces and schools, our churches, our friendships and communities.
We think, “I don’t have influence. How can I bring the glory of the Lord with me from the wilderness so that it is revealed?”
The interesting thing about glory is that it’s sticky. Once it has stuck to you, you will leave a little glory every place you go. I have spoken with people who have tangibly experienced the glory of the Lord, and each has said that when they left the place of glory, everyone was looking at them like they were crazy or glowing or something.
Glory changes you. Glory sticks to you. Glory goes with you, and everyone you touch or look at or speak with is touched with the glory you have experienced.
“They will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. The wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.” (Isaiah 35:2, 6, 1-2).