By Kate Payne
It’s a beautiful thing the way God designed mankind to mimic the flow of nature. Like His creation, we too go through seasons. Happy seasons when we bloom and grow. Sad seasons when our colors fade. And long seasons of in between when we wait. Just like the Earth, we have storms, where tragedy crashes like lightning and pain rolls like thunder. And just like the Earth, we have droughts, where something so vital, so necessary to survival is absent, and the deepest parts of ourselves ache.
When we face these droughts, these dry seasons, more often than not, we’re missing God. We feel like He’s left us, like He’s forsaken us, like He’s left us alone to savage through the desert on our own.
My life has been scattered with these droughts. More often than I’d like to admit, they come when I become too consumed with seeking worldly things, and I forget to seek the water―the thing so very vital to my existence. The noise of the world distracts me, and before I know it, I’m angry at God for forgetting about me.
In Jeremiah 14:2-9, the prophet Jeremiah tells of a drought faced by the people of Israel. He says,
“Judah mourns, her cities languish, they wail for the land, and a cry goes up from Jerusalem. The nobles send their servants for water; they go to the cisterns but find no water. They return with their jars unfilled; dismayed and despairing, they cover their heads. The ground is cracked because there is no rain in the land; the farmers are dismayed and cover their heads. Even the doe in the field deserts her newborn fawn because there is no grass. Wild donkeys stand on the barren heights and pant like jackals; their eyes fail for lack of food. Although our sins testify against us, do something, Lord, for the sake of your name. For we have often rebelled; we have sinned against you. You who are the hope of Israel, its Savior in times of distress, why are you like a stranger in the land, like a traveler who stays only a night? Why are you like a man taken by surprise, like a warrior powerless to save? You are among us, Lord, and we bear your name; do not forsake us!”
I know those pleas. I have felt that longing. I have begged for God to show up. To deliver. To fill the emptiness.
Acts 14:17 says,
“He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with good and gladness.”
Friends, you will face spiritual droughts. They are just as inevitable as every other season. They hurt and they sting and they ache, but they will have such a purpose. When we thirst for God, something changes in our hearts. Somehow our crumbling, dry, aching hearts reveal glimmers of God’s promises for us. That a life without Him is like an empty desert―lonely and dry. But a life with Him is as cleansing and soothing as cool rain.
Every spiritual drought we face strengthens our faith. They force us to run after God. To crave Him. To lean into Him. And every one ends in rain. A long, steady, healing rain that we can dance in, basking in His presence, for He has called us home.
ABOUT KATE PAYNE
Kate Payne is a full time student, full time artist. She is a yoga junkie, an espresso connoisseur, and a daughter of the King. Her passion is serving women and girls and empowering them through Christ’s great love for us. She also has her own personal blog: Kate Eliza where she focuses on “empowering brave women, sharing bold testaments of His grace, and seeking beauty within the broken and the messy“. Check her out and give her some love.
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