How my desert time has helped me to know God much better
It was during the last three years of desert, which was to me like probably the exile in Babylone for the Israelites, that I learned to see myself as God sees me and recognise the deeply entrenched independence from Him which brings danger to my life - because independence from Him leads to disaster in the end, as it did with me. Thus, I am very grateful for the desert. I also learned here in exile to see God for who He really is - so patient, so loving, so forgiving, so compassionate. I had known this in my head before, but now I know it in my heart. Desert times are precious times.