Each week we’ll post a short snippet from Ashley’s sermon from that Sunday. Here’s a few lines from what he said this week as we began our Lent Series looking at Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness.
One writer* observes that we all have our own wilderness experiences. Sometimes these are chosen, for example, when a person goes on retreat, taking time out of life and away from those things that give comfort, to reflect and often to battle their demons.
Usually though our wilderness experiences are not chosen. And she points particularly to illness, dying, bereavement, redundancy, and cultural displacement, as times in which people often feel isolated, lost, or as I have suggested neither here nor there.
I wonder what it means for us to recognise that Jesus has also been to such a place and that he is especially with us in these moments.
I wonder what it might mean for us to meet with God in our wilderness places. And I wonder what we might discover about our true selves if we are open to such an encounter with him in the wilderness.
[Reflecting on Luke 4.1-13 and Genesis 32]
*Sally Nelson, ‘Lent and Dissent: Discovering the “Poor”‘, in Andy Goodliff and Paul Goodliff (eds.), Rhythms of Faithfulness (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2018), 140-154, p. 145.
Photo of Mojave Desert by Levi Jones on Unsplash.