“And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and the shadow of death to guide our feet into the path of peace.” And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel. (Luke 1:76-80)
As a writer, I spend most of my day in isolation. I’m not alone. The Holy Spirit surrounds me, resides in my spirit, and unites with my mind, giving me truth and stories to pass onto readers. I don’t write for myself. I write for you. Besides my sister, Pam, who comments regularly, I don’t know you personally. But God does. He knows who my readers will be, so the words He whispers to me are for you. I pray for the words you need to hear.
Living isolated in the wilderness, John the Baptist ate locusts and honey and covered his privates with foliage or animal skins. Dependent upon God for food, shelter, clothing, and safety, he prayed more in a month than most do in a lifetime. During his 10+ years in isolation, God gave John the words the Israelites needed to hear to be the herald lifting up the horn of salvation to announce Jesus. He spirit was strong with God’s spirit. When he appeared from the wilderness, the Israelites were curious about the man God named, ‘God is gracious,’ the miracle child of an elderly mother and a father whose speech was seized and restored. So immediately upon stepping out of the forest, John became a public figure with followers and gave us the knowledge of salvation. He told the Israelites and all of us that God is gracious; that when we repent, Jesus will remove our wrongdoings, making us righteous; and that when we step out in faith to serve God, He will rescue us from our enemies. God gave John the words the Israelites and all of us needed to hear, and people flocked to John to be baptized with water.
The rising “son,” love’s pure light, followed John to give calm and light to those in the shadow of death, guiding their feet into the path of peace. Then, silent nights close with radiant beams from the “Son’s” Holy Face and the dawn’s redeeming grace. Jesus, Lord, at Thy Birth. Hear the light of young Jackie Evancho singing Silent Night. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGjByOI9Iqw