“O God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1).
“Lord, I just feel so dry, like the cracked ground of a desert,” I wrote in my prayer one day. It was the best description of my life. My soul felt dry and my body was weary. My spirit longed for Living Water. In my parched state, I pleaded with God to send relief.
As He so often does, the Holy Spirit sent me on a “Biblical scavenger-hunt” to see what the Word has to say. He took me to Exodus 14 where Moses, through the power of the Lord, caused the sea to part and the people crossed over “on dry ground.” He took me to Joshua 3 where again the Israelites crossed the Jordan (at flood stage, mind you) by way of a divinely dried-up riverbed. They didn’t slug through mud and muck but walked on firm, dry land. Then He took me to Ezekiel 37, where the prophet spoke the Word of the Lord and dry bones came to life again, with tendons and flesh and the breath of Life. Finally, He took me to Isaiah 53 and reminded me that Jesus was called “a tender shoot, like a root out of dry ground,” (v. 2).
In all of these, He reminded me that dry seasons can be the gateway to the Promised Land. They can precede a time of awakening and renewal, and they can actually become a place of growth. I learned through these examples that surviving dry seasons requires perseverance, listening to the Word of God, and being humble and submissive before Him. These are lifelines during these times when our hearts and our spirits are like a cracked desert.
Beloved, if you are in Christ, God will use even the dry seasons of your life to fulfill His plan and purpose. You need not be afraid, but press in and press on. There is Living Water in His Word and His Spirit. He will send the refreshing you need. Then “The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. It will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for Joy” (Isaiah 35:1). God will bring beauty to the desert, the wilderness, and your dry heart.