a new chapter of The Desert Walker begins.
I started this blog in January 2016. It’s hard to believe that it’s been over four years since that first post. Time has flown, yet in many ways, it feels an eternity has passed.
I’ve said that when things happen, they happen fast—waiting is the hard part. But now, as I reflect over the last four years and beyond, I see that much is accomplished in that period of waiting.
Human beings tend to focus on what once was and what they hope, or fear, will come. It’s rare that we truly live each day how it is, the way it is. The good days go quickly. Many more of them are spent waiting and persevering, with no guarantee of an end or arrival. It’s this period of perseverance—and the experiences we have in it—that inspired this blog.
As I read back over the posts here, I took a few notes. In review, I discovered that many of these posts were in need of a rewrite. I didn’t always express my points clearly and the some of the content was off base. In other cases, a rewrite was needed because my perspective has changed on that particular subject.
I’ll be working my way through the archives, editing each post as I go. Some will be improved in a literary sense, while others will be complete rewrites. I’ll be adding new content along the way as well. I do have long-term plans for this blog and hope to make a bigger announcement later this year.
It’s a new chapter for The Desert Walker. I want to thank each of you for following along. Stay tuned.
See you in the desert,
March 12, 2020
Update: August 2019
This is the first update I've written in six months and the first blog post in over a year. So much has happened over that time, it's difficult to know where to start. God has done quite a bit of work in me since and I've returned here to share it with you.
A Change in Tone
I didn't come back to this site for quite some time, and wasn't sure I'd even continue writing here. Then one day, I decided to read back over the posts I'd written. The entries made in the first year or so were lighter in tone compared to those that followed. What followed was a transition to more storytelling and commentary, usually supported with scripture. These posts served a purpose at the time but read more like lessons from a pastor than a man trying to find his way through life's desert. Suffice it to say, it was where I was in my walk with God and in my journey as a writer.
However, changes are on the horizon.
In this new era for The Desert Walker, what you'll read is straight from the heart, mind, and spirit. It's raw, unpolished truth as I believe it to be, based on my experiences (Ephesians 4:15).
I won't always be citing scripture to support what I write. I'm choosing to do that for one very good reason. Many Christians have their own views of what the Bible says and, in my experience, when convicted that a certain scripture states or implies something, these people aren't likely to be convinced otherwise, no matter how strong the evidence may be. That being said, I'm leaving it up to each reader to agree or disagree with my perspective and opinions with the hope that we'll be in agreement more often than not.
At this point, I'll simply write what I have to say and let God take care of the rest.
Now for a moment of honesty: In nearly every post from the beginning of this blog's existence and until the end of 2018, I was trying my best not to offend anyone or step on the toes of church-goers with whom I associated. Most of all, I wanted to make sure I could support my opinions with scripture, and while that's still important, I think there's value in what God reveals uniquely to each of us.
Having said that, I now have the freedom to do what I set out to do with this blog a few years ago. It is my hope, at the very least, that some of this will help you navigate your life's desert and find a little peace along the way.
My best always,
Updated: August 11, 2019
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