Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Thirsting in the Dry Places

Photo Courtesy of Leigh-Ann Lemire
This week, Hannah and I learned about how little water cacti need to survive in their environmental conditions. Did you know that if you over-water a cactus, you'll kill it?

These past two weeks, I've felt as if God has me in a dry, desert place. I read the Bible, and seldom does anything jump off the page at me, full of life and restoring my soul. Like a cactus that hasn't been watered in awhile, I thirst for that one drop so I can spring back to life. Yet, God continues to provide just enough to keep me going. Like the cactus, the rains that come bring just enough living water to keep me alive in the things of Christ. Despite the heat, despite the drought, despite the continuous seeking and seemingly finding no answer, I survive. God remains with me; He remains faithful. And one day soon, I know I will have abundance again. One day soon, I will blossom, produce more fruit and encourage yet another to continue on in their journey through the desert places.

In the meantime, I trust that God knows exactly how much water I need and that He won't over-water me and kill my spirit. Because He is a God of love, grace, and mercy. He never leaves me nor forsakes me. Even when I cannot hear His voice, He is waiting with me, ready to provide the answers in His time. Just when I need them. Just when I need the rain. Just before I shrivel up and sink into myself. He will send the rain of His living water.

"Our soul waits for the Lord;
 He is our help and our shield.
 For our heart shall rejoice in Him,
 Because we have trusted in His holy name.
 Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us,
 Just as we hope in You."
 - Psalm 33:20-22


  1. I'm sorry you're in a dry place, Alycia. We know it's temporary, but it's still hard to go through.

    If you haven't already, you might want to check out Shannon Mullins' online Bible study at It's the most amazing study I've ever done, and between the reading and the video, the words DO jump from the Bible into my heart and mind. I can't believe all I've learned!

    Hope to see you again soon.

    1. Vonda,
      Thanks! I'll definitely look into that Bible study. I love diving deeper into God's Word!

  2. I know these are probably stupid questions, but do you pray before you read? And do you spend much time in prayer? I find that if I spend an hour or so talking to God (and listening!) in the morning, that the Bible seems to 'speak to me'.. If that makes sense.. Jesus IS living water, I don't think He ever wants us to feel drought.. Also, playing worship music in the background seems to help me too..
    I hope I didn't come off as lecturing or anything.. I'll say a prayer for you :)

    1. Ren,
      Those are such great questions. They're so great, I am going to answer them as a blog post tomorrow. :) I hope you'll come back and read it.


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