This past May I was a number of seven who set out from Minneapolis to explore China. There was another number from California who joined our company once there. We became sojourners. At once removed from the routines and day to day of my normal, student life I was brought to a place where I could see more clearly who I was and where I was. There in Middle Kingdom the Lord God Almighty exposed where I was and what I was doing. I was a desert wanderer. More or less, I had wandered into the desert seeking mirages because I could not find it in me to trust relentlessly on the Lord. The Book of Numbers and “The Wilderness Mentalities” section of Joyce Meyer’s Battlefield of the Mind, became the topography of my spiritual navigation out of cluelessness and into awakening. There as a desert wanderer God called me to metanoia.
“The LORD our God said to us in Horeb, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Turn and take your journey.” (Deuteronomy 1:6. 7a, ESV).
I’ve been on this journey for some time now and aware of it at least since then. As it is necessary I will take to writing insights and reflections on this journey. This will offer both a medium helpful to process and move through this desert time as well as a means to share what may be helpful to others.