In the Waste Places: 31 Days of Selah

I am like a desert owl of the wilderness,
    like an owl of the waste places;
I lie awake;
    I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop.

Psalm 102:6-7 (ESV)

Have you ever felt like this?

Like a sparrow alone on a roof. An owl in the wilderness.

I have. I think we all have.

Life brings change, heart ache. People hurt and disappoint us. We disappoint ourselves. And when we’re feeling that no one understands or cares about our circumstance, we feel alone.

I realize that sometimes, alone might be right where God wants me. Stripped of the “props”  I use to get through life — approval, admiration, praise, recognition, success — when all that has fallen away and when I feel unloved and unappreciated, God and I can get down to the bare facts.

This is the place — in the desert, on the rooftop — where God’s voice can reach me. Or standing at the edge of the ocean in the dark, looking at the black expanse of sky filled with stars — where His voice is the only one I can hear.

Without the noise and the distraction of everything I’ve gathered around me in my quest for joy, I find the pure joy of seeing myself as God sees me.

Created in His image and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, God sees me with potential and promise, equipped to overcome or at least walk thru the trial that has put me in the desert, on the rooftop, at the water’s edge.

Thank you that you are a God who SEES ME. Alone, but held in your hands, I know I can because YOU CAN.


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  1. Kathy Becze

    Hauntingly beautiful and so honest.


      Thank you, Kathy.

  2. Jen

    Praise God for loving us so and for speaking so intimately to our souls. Yes, this is beautiful. Sometimes that is right where He needs/wants us, quiet and alone to seek refuge in Him, to be under His wings for shelter…to find His peace, His rest and His comfort <3 I have enjoyed following along 🙂


      Thanks for following, Jen. God is good, with us in the valleys and on the mountaintops.

  3. Tara

    I so appreciated this post, friend. On the prairies of ND, I experience God’s vastness. I’m thankful that I’m never alone.


      Thanks, Tara. I’ve never been in North Dakota, but it looks like a beautiful area. Love your Laura Ingalls quote.

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