The first step of Jesus’s ministry wasn’t to a fellowship dinner in his honor or to a group of attentive listeners waiting to hear the new preacher. It was to the wilderness. I believe that for every Christian desiring to go to the depths of their faith this is the passage we must take. It is a place where the body is weak and the mind is weaker but it is also a place where the spirit grows strong. A place where truth is whispered in the secret parts. A place where in one sense you feel so far away from where you are supposed to be yet in another sense exactly where you are supposed to be. God called the children Israel into the wilderness to teach them how to trust Him alone and that’s why He calls us there also. He got us out of Egypt and now it’s time for Him to get Egypt out of us.