Isn’t that the way it always is? One minute you’re UP and the next minute you’re DOWN. Why was Jesus so immediately thrown into something scary and confusing, so difficult and tricky, after his baptism?
Perhaps what this biblical snapshot tells us is that being UP is critical to helping us navigate the places we must go when we “come back down.” When we are in the UP places we are refueling, gaining some big perspective, being encouraged — all critical tools for dealing with the less than good things of life.
Jesus was able to go into the wilderness because of his time “in the good place,” being baptized, gathering strength, being blessed. He was getting the good stuff so that he was strong enough to deal with the bad stuff – the wilderness: emptiness, loneliness, temptation, extreme hunger and thirst.
Where is the wilderness you must go this week? And where is your UP? Consider the people, places, and activities that give you strength and encourage you, and those that lead you into the wilderness.
~ Gina Yeager-Buckley ~