Isaiah 58: 11 & 12
The LORD will guide you always;
He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden
like a spring whose waters never fail.
There have been dry seasons in my walk with God.
Perhaps you can identify.
Your prayers seem to go no further than the ceiling
and reading your Bible seems more a chore than a delight.
Do you give up and resign yourself to living in a drought ravaged land?
Or do you get up and walk until you find water and lush growth again.
I know from experience that walking by yourself does not work.
You trudge along day by day and
just when you think you'll find your way out of that dry place,
you are back where you started.
The more reliable option is to remember God's promises
and to choose to believe that God is walking beside you.
"Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way."
There will be deserts and dark valleys along our life's journey.
The important thing is to remember He is with us during those times.
He promises to never leave us or forsake us and that includes those dark and dry times.
When we invite Him to walk with us through the desert,
He is our shade in the heat of the noonday sun
and He provides food and water for our hungry and parched souls.
He leads us to green pastures, restores our souls and turns the dry desert
to a well watered garden.