What do you think of when you hear that Jesus went into the wilderness? I think of cacti, sand, blazing heat, thirst, lots of space and no people. Lockdown can be compared to a wilderness. For some that means the discomforts already mentioned; for others that’s meant time to think, pray and listen. Perhaps it’s been a mixture of those things for you, as it was a time of trial and prayer for Jesus during his time in the wilderness.
Being in the wilderness without choice can also speak of deep loneliness, feeling lost
and afraid, not recognising any landmarks to know which way to go. In deserts, we find oases and mirages. Remember God is our oasis and that with God there are no mirages, only truth to set us free.