Writer and teacher Bianca Juárez Olthoff writes, "So many times I find myself walking in a proverbial desert wanting desperately to hear from God. Amidst a dry and arid landscape, there are times I find myself asking, 'What am I supposed to do with my life?!'"
Friend, I hear you. Over the years I’ve had the privilege of sitting with many Biola students, and I hear this question arise from the depths of their souls over and over again. Souls who want to follow God, souls who want the specific instructions and pathways laid out, souls who want to reach the end of their lives and be told, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” I’ve been there, too. Ok, so… a lot of the time I still am.
It’s just good for my heart to know that others are asking these questions, too, wrestling with wonderings, fully engaged in desert-wandering, wanting for something more than God at that moment is providing. I love how Bianca lays this out through the life of Moses, and what he must have learned from God during his 40-year-long desert season (40 years!!) to become the larger-than-life leader that he was. Check it out, and let us know what you think. (And maybe click through to Part Two.)
And don’t be afraid to keep asking God those deep soul-questions. He welcomes them.
Photo Credit: Celeste Scott (Cinema and Media Arts, '18)
Lisa (Talbot ‘15) works on campus as Associate Dean of Spiritual Development — a fancy title for someone who gets to meet with students, help lead chapels and go to lots of meetings. She cares deeply about seeing women and men thrive in their God-given gifts. When she’s not on campus, she’s living one of her life-long dreams: sitting in her cozy living room, reading through colorful stacks of books for her doctorate in Divinity and Religious Studies (coffee, anyone?).
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