In his book, Visioneering: God's Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining Vision, Andy Stanley notices that God usually takes leaders through desert experiences. He then comments:
So what's the deal with the desert? I don't know. But I do know the time between catching a glimpse of what God wants to do through us and the time when we are led to move out often feels like a desert experience. The desert always feels like a complete waste of time. It is only when we are able to look back that our desert experiences make sense.