When I tell people I live in Arizona, they immediately think dry, hot, desert. with temperatures exceeding 110 in the summer. I did too.
But I live in north-central Arizona, where there are more mountains than desert. We are surrounded by the largest stand of ponderosa pine forests in the U.S. During the summer, we rarely have temperatures over 95º. In the winter, there may be a few light dusting of snow but it’s not often.
This year, people are complaining about the lack of precipitation. As a California native, this seems perfectly normal to me. And since the state isn’t rationing or restricting water, I haven’t paid too much attention to people’s worries.
Until I walked around Goldwater Lake and could see how low the water level was. There were times when I stepped into the lake bed on dry ground where there should be water.
Dry Season of the Soul
Looking at the brown, cracked dirt, reminded me of the dry seasons of my spiritual life. Those times when even though I knew the Living Water flowed through me, it didn’t seem to penetrate the hard surface and refresh my parched soul.
Nothing anyone said helped. Even the time I spent in worship and my devotion time left me feeling stagnant and withered. Soul-erosion threatened.
God Works in the Dry Seasons
Then I noticed the lake grass. While it grow partially submerged in lake water, it stood in the dry, cracked dirt. Yet, despite the circumstances, it waved tall and green. It’s strong root system still got nourishment from the water.
Even though I may not know or understand what God’s plan is, I know He has one. And it’s for good. Always for good. The solution is to keep coming to Him. To stay rooted in His Word.
Psalm 1:3 (AMP) reminds me
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And on His law [His precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night.
And he will be like a tree firmly planted [and fed] by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season;
Its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers [and comes to maturity].
While I may feel parched and dry, God is still working. My time in His Word is never wasted. I need to continue to draw from the Living Water. Because it’s there, providing the nourishment I need. Allowing me to grow and mature.
Finding Satisfaction in the Dry Season
Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness] are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [those who actively seek right standing with God], for they will be [completely] satisfied. (Matthew 5:6 AMP)
So I keep coming to God, trusting He will work. The reward is joy. Complete satisfaction. God nourishes me with His goodness.
What more do I need?
Are you in the middle of a dry season? Don’t stop going to God. Spend time with Him, read His Word. Tell Him how you feel. And keep waiting for Him to work. Your reward will be complete satisfaction and joy.
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