As Christians, we know all too well that spiritual droughts come and go. Sometimes they stick around, sometimes they quickly go as they came. It’s a time when we feel disconnected from God, unable to see His work, maybe unable to hear His voice or feel His nudge – it seems the burdens of life press in. We search for God “in a dry and parched land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1) – we feel off or just alone.
“You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water”.
Farmers have been dealing with droughts for as long as harvesting crops has been around. Farmers have also taught themselves how to best prepare for droughts because they understand the environment and the unruly characteristics of climate. We must also be farmers of our crop, and our seed, we must prepare and take care of our soil.
To prepare for droughts farmers often build water storages, understand the needs of each crop and build a watering schedule, install measurements and devices to track water use, consider plowing with a subsoiler and reduce the amount of depth of tillage. We are also fully capable of all these things! We know exactly where our water and our thirst is quenched – within God’s word and wisdom. We must know our needs and our flesh’s tendencies, we must study them and be on guard.
We can keep ourselves accountable by measuring and tracking how often we are in the word, participating in quiet time, meditation, and prayer. We can prune and plow away the things that we know are unnecessary or displease God. And Lastly, we can “remove all worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34).
Our depth and our roots are in God’s character and His truth; we don’t need to dig any deeper than that. Droughts will come but they will also go. If we can prepare ourselves, we leave less room for the enemy to creep in during this time and more room for God.