“‘I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her there’ (Hos 2.14 NLT). These are God’s words about His wayward people, spoken to the prophet Hosea, who had a wayward wife named Gomer. God’s plan required a desert–an arid, dusty, inhospitable climate. Today, our desert equivalent could be our corners of hiddenness. Our anonymous cubicles. Our support roles. Our 3:00 a.m. baby feedings. Our fifteenth sojourn in the doctor’s waiting room with an ill child, condition still undiagnosed. Our 136th day in the carpool line. Our crowded church sanctuaries. Our Friday nights alone. Our monotonous shifts in the grocery store that barely pay the bills.
“It is there, in whatever this desert is, that He promises to speak tenderly.”