From Claudia Mair Burney:
Tuesday, the second week of Advent
“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days He was tempted by the devil.” Luke 4:1-2 NRSV
If I had to guess I’d have said that Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, straight way hit the road, preaching, healing, casting out demons, and restoring lives. But the Spirit led him into the wilderness instead, where He hungers; is tempted; and challenged again and again. If you look at the word “wild”, one definition is, “untamed.” His enemy wasn’t the only one talking to Jesus there, he had access to God, free from the distractions of the world. So often we think of our personal wildernesses as painful, unproductive places full of temptations and a formidable enemy, but the Spirit leads us there to grow us, and prepare us for a greater work.
Using whatever supplies you are moved to employ create a wilderness.
Father of mercy,
I began Advent, aflame with zeal, but suddenly I’ve been buffeted with more than the unusual trials and challenges. Help me to see my wilderness as a place where my faith, hope, love, and joy muscles are stretched, to prepare me for the glorious destiny you have prepared for me. Draw close to me, and help me to remember how Jesus relied on you in his wilderness experience. With his example and grace, I can endure tribulations.
Come, Lord Jesus