Spiritual Desert   6 comments

Spiritual Journey

By Lynda Parham

It would be nice to travel a road high on top of a mountain continuously experiencing God’s presence. We may experience that mountain road at times but our road will also take us through the valley and the desert where no mountain can be seen. The desert is dry, sandy and dusty with no moisture to be found. We dig and dig a little deeper only to find more sand. Are we looking and digging in the right place? We do not sense God’s presence. We may even be praying and reading our Bible during these times but still feel spiritually dry. God is always with us but at times unnoticed. If you are like me, I prefer to have the wind at my back with smooth sailing ahead where everything is going great. Where relationships couldn’t be any better, opportunities in life are endless, work is very satisfying and life is perfect. No boredom or dryness to be found. But let’s face it, life can be drab, boring, routine, or make us feel like we are barely hanging on. We may even feel like everyone else is on that mountain road when we are on the desert road alone. In the desert it can get really dark and cold. We may find no hope, no excitement, stress, a lonely road with nothing in sight and it may be lifeless and dull. No place to stop and rest. The wilderness is lonely and we feel unprepared to be in this place. No sign posts or GPS for directions. Nothing looks familiar, just a vast desert that came upon us gradually because we were cruising through life and we had fallen asleep at the wheel and ended up here.

I was recently talking with a friend about being spiritually dry only to find there are many people who are feeling the same way. I have traveled this road many times in my life. One day being on the mountain road and experiencing God’s presence cruising through life with the wind at my back. I know I do not suddenly appear in the vast desert but come here gradually over a few months. I realize I am never ready for any desert journey but I always find that I must go to God and find out what I am to learn while I travel this road. The one thing I love about being in the desert is coming upon an oasis. Finding that place where I can stop and find nourishment to quench my thirsty soul. It gives me strength to continue the journey in the desert until I can find that mountain road again.

Spiritual dryness is nothing new. Ever since God formed life, there has been times when people experienced dryness spiritually. It takes walking through the desert to transform our lives, to deepen and expand our faith. To strengthen our spiritual walk, it is best done in the quiet, deep and darkest places found, far from any noise and distraction of our daily lives. We will be able to find the mountain road once we have done some work to our soul. This can be the most important time in our spiritual journey with God. In order for God to bring us closer, he needs to strip us of ourselves. He may take away the good things to bring the best in our lives. He strips away our worldly and selfish desires setting us free. He wants to draw us to him alone. He may have to refocus us on something great he wants us to do with our lives. He is the only one that can sustain our spiritual life during this time. We have tried everything we could but only he can take us where we need to be.

Who among you fears the Lord and obeys his servant? If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord and rely on your God. Isaiah 50:10

Desiring and seeking God can draw us closer to him. There can be unseen beauty in the desert. May God bless you while you travel this desert road and quench your thirsty soul.

Blessings, Lynda

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6 responses to “Spiritual Desert

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  1. So amazingly encouraging! Thank you so much brother, may the Lord bless you abundantly with much more of these posts and gracious revelation!

  2. Yuliy: Thank you for your comment. Lynda Parham wrote this post; she has some great insights.

  3. I can relate to your posting because the Lord has me in such a place currently. He gave me a dream a while ago about such a place which I will post below.

    I had a dream, 08/14/2012, of a completely dry field that I was hoeing . As one would guess, nothing grows without water. However, in the dream that is exactly what I was doing, hoeing a dry field that produced absolutely nothing because there was no water. I do not know for how long in the dream that I was doing this it could have been for some time. I remember walking into a corner of the field one day and removing a stone. When I did water came out and it filled the dry furrows that I had been hoeing. Had I not been faithful and obedient in hoeing a dry,hopeless,and lifeless garden I would have never stumbled upon the underground water source.
    This was a timely dream because this would describe what I am going through as a believer currently. But I know that if I do not grow weary, I will reap a harvest.
    Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Gal 6:9 NIV)
    Also I noted in this dream that the source of water was not rain from above but water from within the earth. Jesus said, “He who believes on Me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
    (Joh 7:38 MKJV)

  4. Tony: Thank you for sharing your dream. The great thing that you were doing in the dream is that you were preparing the furrows for the water that had not come yet. You were hoeing and preparing the furrows in faith. Living by faith always pleases the Lord.

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