At some point, we have all been in an emotional and spiritual wilderness called the desert. The desert is a time in life when we feel alone, hurt, and unsure. Your desert season may be a difficult stage of marriage, widowhood, hearing a life- altering diagnosis, or parenting a wayward child. It can take all different forms yet we have our one true God who can turn it into an oasis.
You can read about my own time in the desert in my newest Bible study: Lessons in the Desert.
Sometimes no amount of Scripture reading, prayer, or going to church can help us escape the clutches of depression, anxiety, loneliness, or grief.
Everyone experiences suffering, and it comes in all different ways and methods. No matter how you find yourself suffering, it’s important to know that pride may keep you from asking for help. It did me.
As Edward T. Welch writes in his book on depression, “Hope will only grow in the ground of humility.”
If hope grows in humility, then pride keeps us stuck in the desert. You may be too worried about being “found out” that you sin. You may struggle to ask for help. Perhaps you worry that you aren’t “Christian” enough. Pride is an ugly sin, and I’ll admit that for me, it kept me in the darkness way longer than necessary. Let’s not let pride keep us from growing in humility and Christ-likeness.
Read how I began to thrive in the desert season in my new book: Lessons in the Desert: Hope for the Weary and Empty Heart. A limited number of hard copies are available here or you can purchase the ebook.