Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I will come for you...Promises for the Wilderness #4

 I wanted to give this photo a painterly feel, so I ran an oil painting filter, used two layers of Kim Klassen's "Framed" at soft light and luminosity blend modes, and added the text in 1942 report font...I really like the look!

Wilderness is defined by the Encarta Dictionary as “a mostly uninhabited area of land in its natural uncultivated state, sometimes deliberately preserved like this, e.g. a forest or mountainous region.” In other words, wilderness is very real and tangible. The Encarta Dictionary also defines wilderness as “an uncomfortable situation, a place, situation, or multitude of people or things that makes somebody feel confused, overwhelmed, or desolate” (Encarta Dictionary: English, North American). To state this last definition differently, and to make the point, wilderness is not just a place; it is also a metaphor for something more.  (As written at Adventure Discipleship).

This "something more" is described in an article by the American Bible Society:
The wilderness of the Bible is a liminal space—an in-between place where ordinary life is suspended, identity shifts, and new possibilities emerge. Through the experiences of the Israelites in exile, we learn that while the Biblical wilderness is a place of danger, temptation and chaos, it is also a place for solitude, nourishment, and revelation from God. These themes emerge again in Jesus’ journey into the wilderness, tying his identity to that of his Hebrew ancestors.
 And since Jesus is our brother, the first born among many brethren, we are tied to His journey as well...we can have assurance that He understands our confusion, our sense of betrayal, our anxious thoughts, our fears, because He has experienced this place too...He will not leave us as orphans, He will come for us...