Sitting by a young man, Troy, on a flight from Newark to Charlotte on my way home to Raleigh, Troy volunteered that he felt that God was "calling me to be in the wilderness." He loved the idea of pilgrimage, and thought he'd give us a "look-see" soon.
So God does call people into the wilderness, even today.
And what does wilderness mean to us today?
Does it mean to be in a place that is stripped bare of all that we are dependent upon in terms of material needs? Troy himself was reading a book on the necessity of fasting, declaring to me that he was going to go through a five day fast soon. Is our wilderness a place we put ourselves, or God's Spirit places us?
Wilderness talk on July 4th: amazing!