Joy in the Wilderness

Lupines near Butte 9000 on Mt. Shasta, California

Lupines near Butte 9000 on Mt. Shasta, California

When we go out into the wilderness, we find something I’m convinced we can’t conjure up on our own, nor can we get it from doing – it comes only from receiving.

Yosemite Valley from Artist's Point, California

Yosemite Valley from Artist’s Point, California

We find Joy.

 

Flowers among the moqui marbles, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

Flowers among the moqui marbles, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

We might call it ‘peace’, ‘wholeness’, ‘oneness with nature’, or any number of things.  But what we’re describing is that we’ve received Joy from spending time in God’s creation.

It’s why we go out; it’s what we seek in the wilderness that we don’t find many other places: Joy.

Wildflowers on Canyon Ridge, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Wildflowers on Canyon Ridge, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Joy is the essence of God’s heart.  He told us that His kingdom is “…righteousness, peace, and joy…” (Romans 14:17).  When we receive Joy in the wilderness, it brings us closer to the heart of God – to the dreams He’s planned for us.

 

Bisti Wilderness, New Mexico

Bisti Wilderness, New Mexico

No wonder we find it easier to connect with God in the wilderness!

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