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The Wilderness Detour

The Greek word for wilderness is “eremos,” which means solitary, lonely, desolate, uninhabited. When used to describe places, it means a desert or deserted/lonely place.

Unlike a town or city, the wilderness doesn’t have a huge population, buildings, traffic, and noise. In the wilderness, there is little to no human population, bits of vegetation, a stream, river, or lake (if you’re lucky), a couple of trails or paths, and most likely, a mountain nearby.


I have experienced the stillness, fresh air, and silence while roaming in the wild hiking.




In Exodus 13:17, “the word of the Lord came to pass when Pharaoh let the people go.” On the night the Israelites left Egypt, the Lord orchestrated a great wealth transfer where they plundered their enslavers as a form of recompense (Exodus 13:35-36). Immediately the children of Israel left Egypt; they found themselves trekking through the wilderness towards the Red Sea.


In Matthew 3:13-16, we read the account of Jesus’ baptism in the river Jordan. Immediately after John baptized Jesus, the heavens opened, and the Spirit of God descended on Jesus like a dove settling on him. It is directly after His baptism that Jesus went into the wilderness.


From both how the Israelites’ and Jesus’ found themselves in the wilderness, we see that no sooner does a word from the Lord (i.e., prophecy or a promise) come to pass in your life than you’re automatically listed on ‘the wilderness detour’ roster and subsequently set on its path.