"Some wandered in the desert wastelands finding no way to a city where they could settle
They were hungry and thirsty and their lives ebbed away. Then they cried out to the Lord
in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way
to a city where they could settle. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wondrous deeds for men, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good
Yes! This is what God rescued me from! He pulled me out of the desert wasteland about 15 years ago. You see, I was at a place in my life where I had everything I could possibly have to satisfy me, yet I was empty inside. I was hungry and thirsty still! As I moved into adulthood, I tried to fill that hunger and thirst. In college it was through partying for a year. I was still left empty. I met an amazing man my sophomore year and again I thought I that this would fill me. It didn't. I married this amazing man. Again, empty. I poured my life into my career. I moved up the corporate ladder quickly, doubling my salary in just 2 years. Empty, yet again. Still starving and thirsting for more I decided that having a child was it. Surely this would fill that emptiness inside of me. In November, 1997, my sweet Ryan was born. As precious as he was, the emptiness was still there. I was lost. I was wandering in the desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where I could settle. You see, I was searching for that peace that I was sure would be found through something I needed to do or acquire. The more I tried and the more that I received, the emptier I felt inside.
I can distinctly remember being in the great room of my new home, with my precious baby, on my knees crying out to God. I begged Him to deliver me from my distress. That day my journey home began. That day "He led me on a straight way to a city where I could settle". That day I began to understand that it was only through Christ that I would find contentment. That day I gave my life fully to God and began my journey. That day I left the desert wasteland and began my journey back to God, to the city where I could settle. Never again do I want to journey through the desert wasteland. Now, when I feel hungry or thirsty spiritually, I know where it is I need to go. I open His Word, I spend time in His presence and I am filled. "Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things". Amen!