Dry Wastelands

Dry Wastelands
by Joni
"At noon Elijah began to taunt them. 'Shout louder!' he said. 'Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.'"
1 Kings 18:27
Elijah may have been describing Baal here, but I confess that I've occasionally felt the same about God. I go through dry and weary times in prayer when I would swear God wasn't listening, that He was deep in thought over some global crisis, or busy caring for refugees in Thailand.
Meditations are sometimes barren and they seem to yield no fruit. Dryness of soul provides a dangerous climate for sprouting seeds of doubt. We begin to wonder if it's all an illusion. But even Saint Teresa acknowledged that in every fifteen minutes of prayer there are fourteen minutes of distraction.
During such times, please remember that God is not busy or off traveling or taking a snooze. His love is changeless and constant. His purpose for you is still on course. True, there may be times when He leads you through a stretch of dry wasteland, when His joys aren't as evident, but remember that even the Israelites who wandered in the desert for forty years were -- the whole time -- actually only a few days' journey from the Promised Land.
Take the advice of Luke 21:28: "When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." Take heart. Be of good courage. And lift before your Lord Psalm 63:1: "O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you...in a dry and weary land where there is no water."
Lord, may the dry times in my soul serve as a reminder for me to keep seeking You and keep loving You. Help me to remember that during barren times, You still seek and love me.
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