"And the child continued to grow and to become strong in spirit, and he lived in the deserts until the day of his public appearance to Israel."
John "lived in the deserts" until the time of his public ministry. Away from people, alone with God. Does this sound familiar? Moses lived in the wilderness, where God grew and groomed him until the time of Moses' public ministry. Before Jesus began His public ministry, He was "led by the Spirit" to the wilderness, where He victoriously overcame the temptations of Satan. Sometimes we have wilderness and desert experiences in our own lives. Times when we have no one but God to rely upon; to teach us, grow us and groom us for what lies ahead.