I just took a look at the drought map for the state where I live. To say there is a drought in New South Wales is a huge understatement. Officially only 0.4% of the state isn’t in drought, while 0.3% is recovering. The remaining 99.3% is experiencing drought. Now that’s bad.
Now, Texas is big, but NSW is bigger. Texas is 268,596 sq mi compared to NSW’s 312,528 sq mi. It’s devastating for a state that thrives on farming to see such barren fields.
Sometimes following Jesus can be like this. There are times when God seems so close and when experiences his blessings, but then other times when he seems so absent. It’s can be like walking through a spiritual drought where instead of green grass, the dust puffs up as your foot cracks the dry earth with each step.
At least that’s my experience at times. The prayer that continues to go unanswered. Or when the times when I’ve trusted God, and it seemed like he didn’t come through. Or when I’ve showed up but he hasn’t. The drought of walking through the spiritual hard times where the good times once stood.
David knew what this was like. He writes in Psalm 63:
God, you are my God; I earnestly seek you.
I thirst for you;
My body faints for you
In a land that is dry, desolate, and without water.
So I will gaze on you in the sanctuary
To see your strength and your glory.’
David’s words are so helpful. They articulate our own sense of barrenness and longing for God’s presence and remind us that the reason we are so keenly aware of God’s absence is that we have felt his presence so intimately in the past.
We feel the barrenness of spiritual drought so keenly because we have felt his presence so intimately in the past.
An Image for Surviving Spiritual Drought
But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
Whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
That sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when the heat comes;
Its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
And never fails to bear fruit.’
Isn’t that good news?
This post originally appeared on DarrylEyb.net and was republished with permission.
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