It would be great if life was always good, God always speaks, and we expect to cruise through life feeling fruitful and satisfied. But that doesn’t happen, there will always be a season of dryness that interrupts the steady flow of our lives. These seasons happen for many reasons, sometimes it’s a point where God wants us to stop, reflect and look back at what He has been teaching us, other times it’s because we are the ones who stepped out of God’s will. In Psalm 10:1 we even read that King David felt God far away at one point, we are not alone in this. Seasons of Dryness are hard but are sometimes necessary to redirect us.
There was a horrible situation I was put in a few years ago and because of that I felt hurt, angry, and guilty, which caused me to pull away from God for a really long time. It wasn’t God’s fault but my own bruised thoughts that made me feel unworthy. When I needed God the most, I pulled away and it caused me to fall into a barren streak in my spiritual life. It was probably the longest year of my life because even as I cried out, I felt no answer. I needed to reevaluate how much of God I wanted and cut out people from my life that weren’t pulling me to Him and confront what led me here. This time showed me that I needed to stop serving for a bit to just receive and fall in love with Him all over again.
The thing about seasons of dryness is that it is hard to see clearly what direction you should be heading in. Faith is the one thing that keeps you in this time, and it is important to hold on to that and work in that. You might think that this is a time where you can take a breather and put your relationship with God on hold, but that’s hard;y the case. Seasons of dryness doesn’t mean it’s your chance to take a break, it’s time to learn. This is the time you have to pray the hardest, study the Word, and take a good hard look at yourself to see if there’s something you need to confront before the Lord.
God sometimes speaks the loudest in the silence, and it is hard to see that when we feel like we hit a wall. You might be too tired or overwhelmed and this dry spell helps us see that all we need is God and for the time being we just need to focus on Him. That’s what our whole Christian walk is about, falling ridiculously in love with our Creator.
So maybe you need to take a break from relationships or acknowledge where you did wrong and spend quiet time with God while you work through this time. Don’t be afraid to admit that you’re in a season of dryness, because the fact that you recognize this is where you’re at means you still care about your relationship with God.
I leave you with one of my favorite verses, which is Ezekiel 37:4-5, which says, “Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Instead of fighting it and struggling with God, ask Him to show you where or what has brought you to this point because He would much rather give you life instead of living dryly. Spend the quiet time and refocus on Him, while He guides you to the weak spots you need to fix. You might have to let down your pride but God will fulfill you in new ways and that is worth it.