"I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the Word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ."
John was an exile, deserted, was prisoner on the isle called Patmos. He was waiting for the revelation of Jesus Christ. The Lord decided to place him there, which at the time was probably a discomforting thing to deal with. However it was the time and place chosen by Jesus.
Am I in a deserted place right now? I hope I am because it's there that the Lords voice can be heard louder. My prayer is the I will be in a deserted place and that I will hearten unto His voice.