"And straightway the Spirit driveth him forth into the wilderness."
American Standard Version
It does not happen a lot in life to go out into the wilderness. When it does, the best option is to treat it as an opportunity.
Why? What is there in the wilderness that makes it an opportunity?
There is the danger we hide from and the healing spirit we seek.
Anything can be your wilderness. A sickness, a sudden unemployment, a breakup after a long relationship. Anything that is a crisis. Any huge crisis. And I mean a really huge crisis.
Missed trains, lost umbrellas, latecomer physicians and carpet-pissing cats do not constitute a crisis. They are not even a problem. Just a blip.
I read it in a great book that the Chinese have a word for crisis. And that word has two parts, two characters: one for crisis and one for opportunity – this reveals by the way a depth of wisdom about the character of the Chinese people.
Your wilderness, your crisis happens when you least expect it.
At least this is what you say to yourself. Anyways, it normally starts slow and then boooom, it all happens quickly, it startles you, surprises you, knocks you off your feet. First you find it hard to find your bearings. And then, if you listen to your heart and mostly to your head and mind, sooner or later you'll recognize the hidden opportunities.
The wilderness is scary. The wilderness is uncomfortable. The wilderness is waaaaaaay out of your comfort zone. That's why it is the wilderness, taaaaaaa.
How can you survive it and then thrive? Go and fight and use your mind. And sometimes sing and dance, too. We have just this one life, so we might as well enjoy it. Even in the wilderness. Especially in the wilderness. Any fool can enjoy life when everything goes smoothly. The real stuff is when the going gets tough and you still enjoy life.