Remembering the Wilderness

What, in the Western mindset, should have taken Israel only a couple of weeks, took forty years. The goal of Israel’s sojourn in the wilderness wasn’t reaching the Promised Land so much as it was the transformation that took place on the journey. This was the Function of the Wilderness. Rebekah Joy writes, “God does not seem overly concerned with us reaching our desired destination as quickly as possible. The roundabout way, including its delays and detours, is often the transformational path.”