The Dry Season
In our relationship with God, there are times when we feel His love. His comfort envelops like the warmest of hugs and we feel safe and secure. There are other times, however, when it seems as if He has turned away. Difficult situations arise and it appears as if our prayers are being ignored. The warm, comforting embrace disappears and we begin to feel cold and afraid. You may have even found yourself asking, “Are you still there, God?”
In Psalm 63:1, David wrote “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Written during the time he was seeking refuge in the Desert of Judah from Abasalom’s rebellion*, David was besieged with loneliness. Yet, during that tumultuous period in his life, his confidence in God was not shaken. During his trials, he turned his thoughts to God instead of dwelling on his circumstance. He never gave up hope that he would be delivered.
You may currently feel as if you are in a dry and weary land, but don’t give up hope. Earnestly seek God. If during the night you find yourself focusing on your situation, direct that energy into reflection and worship. As David stated in Psalm 63:6-7 “On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.”
We are never alone in this journey. Allow difficult times to bring you closer to God.
*2 Samuel 15-18