Thursday, August 11, 2016
That Dry Spell
And that is okay. We just tend to think it isn't. Our culture encourages us to follow our feelings (despite the horrible liars they are), so when we are just coasting along (you know, like most normal people), we may think something is wrong.
"Wait, I'm not feeling happy or sad or some other extreme emotion. Help!"
Now don't get me wrong, I am all for existential angst and enjoy lolling about in it on occasion. But most of the time, life isn't on the extremes of drama. We are usually not in the throws of tragedy and sorrow (though there have been years, yes years of it). We are not often dancing on the top of the roller coaster with glee. Usually life is very every day. It is even a bit of a flat line.
And really. That is fine. It is okay. It is life.
Sometimes even our spiritual life dips into the pattern of every-dayness. We aren't begging for God's comfort in the storm and we aren't weeping tears of joyful thankfulness. If we're not careful, we may believe that God doesn't care or worse, is not even there.
Currently I find myself in a place where I am not feeling that "dry" spell of God's absence. I'm not in the valley and I'm not on the mountaintop. I check in with God during prayer, "We're okay, right? This is just daily living, right?" Yes. It is.
Where I live has been in dire need of some rain fall. The last couple of days we've had some showers that have provided relief. Honestly, when I go out when the rain stops, it's almost like nature is sighing.
That's how it can be with our spiritual connection with God. When we draw near to Him, He draws near to us. And it is refreshing. It is Living Water. It is Life.