SEASONS OF LIFE……..some are easy, some are hard, some are confusing, some make perfect sense, others can be dry……..dry as a bone…….like a desert.
Maybe you are in a dry season right now, or maybe your life is filled with all the wonderful blessings GOD can give you………or maybe you are just coasting along and are perfectly content with where you are.
Did you know that a good season won’t last forever and that GOD says: “I will give you the treasures of darkness”? Isaiah 45:3. Our light can turn into darkness overnight, but my heart tells me that GOD meets us in that dark place in a big way and extends all HIS love and grace upon us. HE is the treasure! The very next verse in Isaiah also says this: “……..so that you may know that I, YAHWEH, the GOD of Israel call you by your name.” Isn’t that a comfort? HE calls us because HE knows us and understands perfectly the season we are in.
So, keeping the above scripture in mind, being in a dry season or even a dark season, requires us to passionately pursue our GOD, to not give up just because the season is hard, or dry or boring or whatever! Let’s think about this, when the devil decided to tempt JESUS, where did he take HIM? In the desert! JESUS persevered and said: “Man must not live on bread alone.” (Luke 4:4) JESUS prevailed as the HOLY ONE who suffered and patiently endured the hardship for GOD’S deliverance and empowerment. Could it be that our best times for spiritual growth are when we are in a dry season? Could it be that we mature in HIM when we have come to the end of our rope and we finally must let go?
NO ONE IS IMMUNE TO THE STRUGGLES OF DRY SEASONS……
No one bothers to tell you that being a mature Christian, will require these types of seasons. No one tells you that when you are a new Christian that all the fire you have for the LORD, might one day burn out……..then what do you do? And what do you do when life really does get too hard? Because we are human, we tend to want to give up when it all gets too difficult. I think we know that about ourselves, but GOD knows it too!
In Isaiah 58: 11 it says: “The LORD will always lead you, satisfy you in a parched land, and strengthen your bones.” Let’s take solace in these words to us because in the very next verse it says: “You will be like a watered garden and like a spring whose waters never run dry.”
COULD OUR DRY SEASONS MEAN THAT IN THEM, WE DEEPLY THIRST FOR GOD?
Since HE guides us and leads us in all of our days, does HE lead us into the desert because HE knows our reaction and wants to do something unique in and through us? JESUS knows us better than we know ourselves, don’t you agree? Could our trusting HIM in all seasons, really be what GOD wants from us? Total trust? Maybe our dry seasons are our BEST seasons! Maybe through perseverance there will be victory. Giving up isn’t an option with GOD by your side, pressing on and moving forward is!
When my husband and I first moved here to Arizona, I would say, now that I look back on it, that I was in a dry season. I couldn’t seem to pray without my mind wandering. I couldn’t get into a devotion schedule and my time with GOD seemed stagnant……..I wanted the momentum back, the moving forward and the passion that I had before we moved. Notice I said “I”! I had no friends here and since I didn’t know anyone, my time alone everyday was a struggle. Since GOD knew my heart and I tend to have simple conversations with HIM, I found myself asking: “OK GOD, where are we going with all of this?”
It took a few months, but GOD answered in HIS own way. HE lead me to a group of Christian women to be a part of and they embraced me! Being in the desert gave me the courage to reach out and get out of my house. And then one day I realized that I was moving forward again on my path. In those dry seasons, you need not be alone! Find a friend or group to share with…….pray for it first and then see how GOD answers! HE will send what you need, when you need it. Just persevere friends……..never give up. I don’t want you too, and neither does GOD! Because you are willing with your heart, and with all of HIS help and strength to persevere, then the dry seasons that do come won’t last forever……..it’s a promise!
ROMANS 5:3 “AND NOT ONLY THAT, BUT WE ALSO GLORY IN TRIBULATIONS, KNOWING THAT TRIBULATION PRODUCES PERSEVERANCE, AND PERSEVERANCE, CHARACTER; AND CHARACTER, HOPE.”