Nobody escapes the desert. Someday, for some reason or another, we will all go through it. Therefore, we must understand that the desert is not necessarily the place of ruin, failure and defeat, but rather a place to learn from God. God allows some deserts in our lives to teach us and to build our character. The truth is, there are things that if we don't learn while in the desert, we won't learn any other way. The desert is the place of full dependence on God. The place of daily provision of God. The more we depend on God, the more we trust Him.
With regards to our character and temperament, the desert is the classroom of lab tests of God. The desert experiences are the refining fire, polishing and sanding touches. It is exactly at this time when many are treated for character and sanded or polished in their temperaments. Moses and Joshua also experienced this transformation.
The scars from the desert are indeed signs of a life that dwells trusting in God. The desert hurts but stiffens. It burns our skin, but tempers our character. In the desert there are no supermarkets, no groceries, but an abudant grace of God supplying the every day needs.
Whenever God wants to use someone, he leads them to the desert to exercise their limits of dependency. With the given drawbacks of life ... God promises us we will overcome! He will not let NOTHING hinder our path! Nothing and nobody can prevent us from achieving what is rightfully ours! Still, hell may rise up and even though it may seem difficult, like you're not going to get what you want, God says: No one will be able to stop YOU!