Desert Experience

Once, on a trip to Egypt, I noticed that after a 9-hour road trip, nothing changed in the scenery. It was all sand, rocks, and cacti. It was only then that I realized how blessed the Philippines is. Any 9-hour travel would show how rich the country is in water, mountains, plants, trees, and birds.

It is said that almost 1/3 of the world is desert. A place that is so hard to live in.

In discussing the desert, the Gospel tells us a story of John the Baptist living in the desert. Certainly, it was not easy for him. Three things he had to deal with:

  • Food and water were very limited. How many people actually die in the desert from hunger and thirst? Certainly, John the Baptist felt this difficult experience.
  • Danger. The animals can be dangerous. The people you encounter can be dangerous and even the weather can be dangerous – at night it is very cold and in the daytime, it is very hot.
  • Loneliness. With nobody around, loneliness becomes a reality.

Yet, despite John the Baptist experiencing all of this, what was his message? “Prepare the ways of the Lord. Make straight his path.”

Why such a message? It is because John the Baptist experienced the faithfulness of God.

Hence this is the challenge for us to prepare:

  1. Our relationship with God through prayer.
  2. Our relationship with others through good works.
  3. Our relationship with ourselves by being good stewards of God’s blessings.

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