Leadership Weekly has a great article here on the deeper meaning behind God's trickery. Interesting read.
I first discovered Hosea's "I will lead her into the wilderness" verse (Ho 2.14) nearly 10 years ago when my pastor and friend left the church he had started and I had joined to help. I spent 6 months as the interim pastor, and preached extensively about God's leading into the deserts of life. We don't often understand his movement, his leading. His purposes are often probably totally different than we think, and honestly probably even different than the ones we look back on in reflective moments years later. We just may not know. Period. But the desert can be a good place.
I spent 20 years in El Paso, so I know.