During my dry seasons, it seems God is far. I feel disconnected from Him and many times from those around me. I’d rather be left alone. No perfectly uttered prayer can pull you out of a dry season. In fact honestly, those prayers can be annoying. Not because prayer is bad, but because when things around you are dry, maybe all you want is a hug from a friend or just a simple smile.
I have been going through a dry season recently as a blogger. I have too many thoughts and then none at all, lots of ideas but none that materialize, so I decided to write about what I have found helpful in nudging me out of dryness.
Maybe you’re going through a dry time with a close friend, perhaps it’s a dry season at work, church or perhaps in another personal area.
1. ADMIT YOU’RE IN A DRY SEASON
One of the keys of getting out of a tight spot seems to be admitting we’re in a tight spot. Trying to deny we are not in a dry season only proves it to those who know us best. Psalm 63:1 says: “A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah. You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.”
David was fleeing from his son Absalom and yes he was in a physical desert. I’m sure he also questioned God why he was in such a situation, on the run and alone. What he does not do is deny the existence of the terrible time he was going through.
For me personally, admitting I’m struggling is half the battle, but one that doesn’t come easy. Let’s face it; we are not particularly keen on admitting our struggles and difficulties. Pride gets in the way and further blocks the flow of life we so desperately need.
Now is the opportunity to allow God to work in us, weed out our pride and rise up in faith by directing our concerns to the Father who cares for us more than we’ll ever know. He values us more than we can even understand…which leads me to my next point.
2. YOUR ARE MORE THAN VALUABLE
Grasping our true identity is key if we want to get out of a dry season. Actually it is key to our well being in general and one I will never get tired of writing about. Each one of us plays a key role in this world. We are unique, there can only be one of you and one of me. I may not be equipped to do what you do or be who you are neither can you be me and do what do.
God has created each of us with a unique identity and we must start by accepting who we are in God. 1 Peter 2:9-10 in the Message version is incredibly inspirational and I hope it speaks to your heart if you too struggle with your identity: “But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.”
Chosen by God means a deliberate decision in which God selects us to perform a certain task. I would dare say that if the God of the Universe chose us to be His instruments and do His work, He believes we are valuable. And if God thinks I’m valuable, that is good enough for me!
Even now as you read these words, make the declaration out loud: “If God thinks I am valuable, I am! I am chosen to be an instrument in His hands. I am chosen to be His child.” Now believe it with all your heart and let the truth sink deep, because even in desert-like conditions around you and in you, God sees value in you. Don’t let the enemy convince you that you have been abandoned, cast down and rejected. As Peter reminded us, we have gone from “nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.”
3. GET UP AND GET MOVING
When we begin to see our value and understand the Father loves us, calls us and chooses us, we must respond. It’s time to get up and get moving.
Psalm 42:5 in the NLT version puts it in today’s language: “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again…” Action is required, we cannot just believe and remain in the stagnant waters of inactivity.
We must begin by replacing the lies of the devil with the truth of God.
It’s important to rise up and allow God’s truth to mobilize us. For me today, it is writing again. For you it may be trusting again, believing in yourself and completing that work project you felt you were not good enough to finish. Maybe it is serving at church or in your community or losing those stubborn 10 lbs.
You see, discouragement and depression begin in the heart, as we read in Psalm 42, but they end their grip on us when we rise up, put our trust in God. His power in us propels us to praise the Lord for making us His beloved children, when we believe in ourselves and take action against the devil’s lies.
You are not done! You are only going through a dry spell. You are not worthless; God sees value in you and has chosen you to be an instrument. Whatever your situation, regardless of how dry the desert you find yourself in, remember you are chosen, you are loved, you are valued and are worth it. I am too.
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.