In Luke 9:10-17, the Apostles had just returned from a preaching tour, and as they were recounting their experiences to Jesus Christ, loads of people kept coming to them, such that they had no time to themselves. And being mindful of their plight, Jesus led them to a desert place for respite. Still, the people kept on coming! In the end, He addressed and fed 5000 of them (excluding women and children) with five loaves and two fishes.
Deserts as we know are huge expanse of barren lands, where most things, especially food and water are considerably scarce. They usually have extremes of weather conditions i.e. very hot during the day and very cold at night. And being hostile by nature, very few species of plants and animals does very well in them. What’s more, security of lives and properties is a major problem in desert places.
Above and many other issues, make survival in desert places a big deal. However, not everything about them is bad, because buried deep in their bowels, are huge deposits of mineral resources e.g. Oil and Gas, Gold, Precious Stones, Uranium, Copper, Nitrate, Lithium, Bromine, Iodine, Calcium, etc. I label these mineral resources ‘Life changers’ because, a lot of them have been used in the past to change deserts’ life into paradise on earth.
What we can liken to ‘Deserts or Desert situations’ are also common in people’s lives. Usually, they are very harsh, and make people’s lives very difficult. A few examples are wars, natural disasters, debt, joblessness, illness, poverty, starvation, oppressive institutions/leaders, and silence from God.
If any of them is affecting you at the moment, then you need a ‘Life changer’ to help you overcome it. But, you have to locate it first! The disciples located the ‘Life changers’ within their reach (five loaves and two fishes) first, before they handed them over to Jesus Christ for increase, and use to eliminate the peoples’ most pressing ‘desert situation’ at that time; i.e. hunger.
Friend, let me congratulate you here, if you have no ‘desert situation’ in your life at the moment. Your type is extremely rare these days! But, if you have any troubling you , then you need to rise up and get rid of it strongly with whatever ‘Life changer(s)’ at your disposal. Thank God that He deposited a lot of them in us right from the beginning, and if we use them wisely, they will turn our heart-breaking experiences into delight.
So what are life changers, you may wish to ask at this point? Well, they are things that we can use to turn our heart-breaking experiences into delight. Usually, they are things that we have, which others do not have; things that we do with relative ease; things that stands us out in the society; our unique characteristics.
Are you a good writer, an eloquent speaker, a charming personality, a crowd puller, an organiser of resources, a brilliant folk, etc.? Are you good looking, healthy, strong, well educated, well connected, rich, humble, kind, eager to work for God, etc.? If any of above describes you, then it could be your ‘Life changer’. The onus is now on you, to prayerfully hand it over to God through Jesus Christ. After that, He will increase it, and use it to get rid of your ‘desert situation(s)’.
Friend, let me conclude this piece by telling you that the greatest ‘Life changer’ available to humanity for the purpose of combating ‘desert situations’ is the name of Jesus Christ (John 16:23-24). But, it can only work for you if you are born again, or better still, if you have accepted Jesus Christ into your life as your personal Lord and Saviour. If you have already, I say congratulations! But if you haven’t, please work towards becoming born again without delay. It is after this has been done with, that you can boldly use the unfailing name of Jesus Christ to achieve mind-blowing results (Mark 16:17-18).
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.
Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies