It’s been awhile.
I let myself stop writing a few months ago. I just didn’t seem to have any words in me.
I didn’t really understand what was going on at the time, but I knew that I had lost my motivation and felt spiritually disconnected. It was as if the easy communion I had with God was gone and everything just took way more effort than I was used to.
It felt like God had gone missing.
Have you been there before? It feels like one moment you’re so in tune with His voice, and then the next you can’t seem to hear Him at all. There were things that brought me joy, like writing, that suddenly felt burdensome.
I began to believe it was my fault.That I had done something that was keeping me from connecting with God. That it was a problem that only I could fix.
Now, there was definitely sin in my life. I had let my purpose get wrapped up in other things, I started relying on my own strength, and living by my own definitions of success. I could list about a dozen or more things that could have resulted in feeling separated from God. And maybe these things really did contribute to it. However, I think God allowed that season for a specific purpose. No experience or circumstance escapes Him.
Maybe you’re in the middle of a similar season, or maybe you want to be prepared when it comes your way. I think we will all experience times like this in one way or another.
Whatever your situation may be, here are five specific things I learned while in the desert.
- Be persistent: keep praying and staying in the Word.
- He is faithful: don’t forget that He is always faithful, no matter how long the dry season seems to last. The Bible is full of examples of His faithfulness. Spend time studying those examples when you begin to lose hope.
- Write it down: take time to journal, even if it’s just a few sentences. God usually reveals Himself to me and how He is at work when I process through what I’m feeling and experiencing.
- Become a noticer (yes that’s not a real word, but I’m totally okay with that): diligently pay attention to what’s going on around you – notice how He may be active in your life.
- Be thankful: gratitude changes our heart and brings our perspective to a healthier place.
As I come out of this dry and used up season I know more than ever that I want to see women coming to know Jesus in an intimate and deeply personal way. To let go of all the “should do’s” and the “have to dos” as it relates to our faith, and simply be with Jesus.
Let’s get to know the Savior who is always waiting, always pursuing us back into relationship with Him.
“See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19