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?

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  1. Lynette Schulz April 21, 2020 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    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!

    • Brad Gray April 21, 2020 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      You are most welcome, Lynette! I knew the title would be a hit for those who’ve been to Israel with me 🙂

  2. Pamela Hathaway April 26, 2020 at 11:33 am - Reply

    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!

    • Brad Gray April 28, 2020 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      Wow, that’s moving. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Donald Catchings May 4, 2020 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    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. Crystal Lorenzo May 22, 2020 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    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.

    • Brad Gray May 26, 2020 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      Grateful that God met you in this way, Crystal. And I’m thrilled your son had such a great birthday despite the circumstances.

  5. Ken Mann May 19, 2021 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    Really well done, Brad! I found out about Walking the Text a few months ago and am rapidly catching up to where you are currently! I’m an incessant note-taker and LOVE the detail you lovingly provide in each episode. I seriously have taken copious notes on each episode and re-read the notes to soak it all in! Thank you so much for the hard work you obviously put into your work! God bless you and I hope to see you sometime when you’re down at Discovery Church down here near Orlando!

    • Brad Gray June 21, 2021 at 8:10 am - Reply

      That’s so great to hear, Ken! Thank you for sharing this.

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