Not sure how your Lent is going (it’s only been a few days) but don’t be dismayed if you end up plodding through a spiritual desert. It happens. Sometimes we go through dry spells when our usual spiritual streams succumb to sandstorms of indifferent inertia. Our spiritual thermometers become brittle. Water seems far way.
But in arid circumstances, a drop of water goes a long way.
“Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live…” (Ezekiel 37:4-5)
To find our way out of the desert, we need to let the breath of God infuse our dry bones with courage, clarity and confidence to keep on going.
We might want to give up – it’s hot in a desert – but we’ve got to keep at it. Keep praying. Keep seeking. Keep trying. Even if dust storms cloud the horizon, we need to open our hearts wider to Jesus and let His love guide us when we can’t see (or feel) the way.
Maybe we are waiting on the Lord. Sometimes waiting stretches out to what seems like forever.
“Waiting is a dry desert between where we are and where we want to be.” Henri Nouwen
It might also be a good idea to ask God for extra doses of spiritual patience (peace would be good, too) and streams of wisdom and understanding. Most important while navigating spiritual deserts: TRUST GOD, AND DO NOT BE AFRAID!!!
Virginia : )