THE DESERT TIME

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.   My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.   When can I go and meet with God?   Psalms 42:1-2

A dear friend of mine was talking about spiritually being in a place where it was “flat.” We talked about it being a “desert time.”

I love the mountaintop experiences, don’t you? I love to feel that surge of knowing God’s closeness, His presence. I love seeing God everywhere I look and hearing Him in every sound. It’s hard when that fades away and the experiences of the “everyday” intrude where once only God was. It’s not that He’s no longer there, but for whatever reason….we have allowed the circumstances of the everyday to take over…or He has pulled back to remind us of how much we need Him…for whatever reason, we just know that we are no longer on the mountaintop, we are in the desert.

I believe that the LORD allows the wilderness and desert experiences because He knows how we are…He created us. When things are going great, when we have no challenges, nothing to overcome—we begin to forget that we NEED our God. After all, everything is good.

But, when we feel all alone in our struggles, in our inability to “handle” things—then we remember that we are weak and He is strong. He is our Rock; our Anchor; our Wisdom; our Peace; our Joy; our Strength!

He is the reason we are overcomers. But, we can’t be overcomers unless we have something to overcome!

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.  Revelation 2:7

So, brothers and sisters in Christ…don’t despair when you feel that you are in the “flatlands” or the “desert.” Keep walking; keep persevering and push through!! The oasis…the river of cooling, life-giving water is there in the distance…just waiting for you to drink your fill! Can you see it? Sparkling with love—ready to flow through you in rivers of living water.

Come! And quench your thirst, My beloved!!

 

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