Drought Season; Guest Piece

Friday, May 1, 2015

Missed alarms, eight hour work days, and piling school work waiting to be finished: life doesn’t slow down for us, and it will take a toll on our spiritual lives if we are not careful. The past month has been quite a challenge for me, and I know I am not the only one who has had these seasons. There are seasons where you feel like any chance you get to breathe, another task crowds your to-do list, someone else needs a favor, and you are working far more hours than you think you can take. I was experiencing this season recently, and have been so desperate for God’s presence to overtake me so I do not have to experience such a bland, dry spiritual life. I often wondered where I went wrong, and how I could fix it if I barely had time to think. If this sounds like your season right now, let me tell you that after you soak in God’s truth and love, He will show you that He never left.
            
In a dry spiritual season, we often do not know where to start when it comes to seeing God. Sometimes I would sit on my bed, sigh, and just mutter, “Please give me strength.” There is nothing wrong with praying this prayer, but when we mutter it in hopelessness, we remain living off of our own strength. We must carve out the time to sit in God’s presence and seek His heart, and the Bible clearly steers us away from self-dependence in Jeremiah 17:5-6. “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord. He will be like a bush in the wastelands…” I do not want to be left dry and hanging on by a thread. To prevent this, I have to depend on God’s strength that will never leave as long as I draw from it. Please hear me ladies: we are responsible for keeping our eyes on God during these low times. If we choose to look to Him, Jeremiah 17:7-8 explains, “But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream… It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” This is the polar opposite of our flesh’s desire to complete every busy task ahead of us and plan our lives away; the result, however, is an inner strength that cannot be shaken.
           
In order to quench our dry soul during this time, we also have to reevaluate our priorities. Amidst all the busy schedules, the ministry into others’ lives, and endless demands, what are we really putting first? In my own life, I let the amount of work ahead of me (my job, school, and personal life) cause overflowing stress; always rushing, always thinking about next week’s to-dos, and planning every minute of my day so I could conquer everything on my plate. But is this really trusting in God? The answer is a resounding no. I am not doing my best to put my demands aside, and sit in God’s presence and absorb His Word. Putting our flesh aside and focusing on God first truly allows us to see the strength of God in our weakness, and you will be amazed at how he meets your needs when you put Him first. Carving out this time is not a chore; it is a gift that will transform your heart. Matthew 6:33-34 explains so gracefully, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Do not look ahead, no matter how stressful of a season you may be in. Focus on today, and focus on God. Allow His promises and His truth to change you.
            
Our final responsibility in getting through our drought season is to wait patiently on God, and listen more than we talk. It is so easy to pray all the helpless prayers in the world, but what our soul really needs is to hear His voice, and to be nourished and directed by His love. “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry,” (Psalm 40:1). 

Is it not wonderful that He who formed the stars would take the time to comfort us when we feel we are about to break? He does not leave us and He does not abandon us to figure it out on our own. We serve a loving God who cares for the obstacles and the trials in our lives, no matter how big or small. When we run close to Him, He shows up. I encourage your heart, whether you feel dry or well nourished, to feed your soul with God’s truth, seek Him above everything else that shouts for your attention, and to trust Him to answer your prayers. He will come, and He will renew your heart.

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About the Author:

Breanna is a 19 year old college student in California. Worship and women’s ministry are two areas she feels led to be a part of, and is deeply passionate about helping others pursue God’s dreams for their lives. When she's not writing, working, or doing schoolwork, Breanna is spending time with family, friends, or drinking coffee. You can follow her blog at breannaperkins.com.

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