When King David fled Jerusalem after Absalom’s coup, he went toward the way of the wilderness (2 Samuel 15:23).
The way of the wild is always a cycle. Adventure. Death. Rebirth. Adventure again. The fires burn down the forest and a new forest begins again. The wolf snatches a fawn, and a family is fed. The wild has night and day. Peaceful calm and sun-shining grace; and also creeping crackles and deadly gaits.
The Wild is alive. She calls upon the hearts of men like a siren. Her name is Artemis and she is both deadly and beautiful. Adventure lies in her quiver and death on her bowstring. But one does not truly know what living is unless they sleep in her dangerous arms. Many long to be with her when they hear the siren’s call. Yet beg for mercy when her fangs enter their throat.
Most fear and reject the wilderness. They recognize its necessity but despise its presence. Comfort and appeasement lie in the land of the HOA and lovely bright lights. But greatness lies on the path of sacrifice and sorrow.
To fall into the hand of the Lord is a fearful, dangerous endeavor. But in His hands, deep in the wild’s grace, is where we find our meaning and contentment.
None were meant for HOA’s and utility bills. All were meant for the wild. And once you realize that, it’s too late to retreat.
“The Way of the Wilderness” is available on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, YouTube, and wherever else you may look for music. *Released February 21st, 2023