Ed Cyzewski wrote, “I remember reading piles of Christian books throughout college and seminary, and I started to hate a particular phrase: “We must…”
We must engage this, we must consider another concept, we must remember, we must do another thing, and we must keep adding one… more… thing… to do. The more a book said, “We must,” the more I resisted the impracticality of its message. It seemed like every Christian book I read was an unintentional recipe for spiritual burn out.
It’s an act of faith to withdraw. I’m trusting God to provide for us and to guide us when I step back and make the nearly impossible admission that I can’t do it all, that I don’t know where all of this is heading, and perhaps exerting more control is the worst thing for me.
Most importantly, when I look around and wish I had more influence or could expand my work to new, greater heights, that’s most likely the exact moment I need the wilderness. Growth that’s lasting and meaningful comes from the wilderness.”
The lure of “I want it now!” success doesn’t mix well with the wilderness. The wilderness will kill our drive for quick success. That’s why we need the wilderness.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” Jesus