Episode 101 – Grapes in the Desert Pt 1: Isolated But Not Disconnected

Key Passage(s): 1 Kings 19:10-18

When things go wrong in life, one of the first things we feel is that we’re alone. And the social distancing and stay-at-home orders of the COVID-19 pandemic only amplify our sense of isolation. In the Hebrew Scriptures, the wilderness is the primary metaphor for challenging seasons of life. But what if the challenges and limitations of the wilderness actually call forth the richness of our creativity? This episode explores how creativity can help us overcome isolation so we can experience grapes in the desert. 

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching? 
  • In the midst of this pandemic, so many people are having conversations and interactions with neighbors they never usually talk to. Why do you think disaster is such an effective incubator for connection? 
  • What are some of the creative ways you’ve been connecting with others during the pandemic, and what have those experiences been like for you? 
  • Stories of Italians singing together on their balconies, residents of NYC applauding healthcare workers, and drive-by birthday parties are really moving. Why do you think these simple gestures move us so deeply? 
  • If you’re feeling a sense of isolation and aloneness, what can you do this week to remedy this?  

For Further Study


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  1. Great teaching for these times! I love the “grapes in the desert” theme! I will never forget grapes at Timna! Thanks for giving that phrase meaning!

  2. Today I read a story about a priest who was in the hospitals and suiting up for dying Covid patients and then FaceTiming or conference calling the family allowing them the chance to say good bye, if only by technology. Creatively helping others!

  3. Hi Brad! I love grapes in the desert. I started teaching the bible again since this pandemic started. My break is over. I learn how to join zoom in on services . I live in Florida and joined a service in Atlanta, Georgia. I always love your attention to detail. Praying for you and your family. Take care. God bless!

  4. I myself was in a personal desert and then the pandemic happened. I often feel very alone. I watched this episode very late but God provided me a chance to when I needed it the most. HE IS SO GOOD. Also, my son had a drive by fire department for his bday in April 15th. He said it was his best gift EVER. Thanks brad for being faithful to Walking the Text.

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