Within the last two months, we have not made a blog post on some Saturdays. It is the first time this has happened since we started over 2 years ago. You may ask why? we have asked ourselves the same question. For some reason, we did not seem to be inspired during those weeks, the right things weren’t coming in and even when we tried, we would start and our thoughts just won’t blend. There were times, I even pondered if the blog had come to the end of its life, but that thought quickly faded away when we would get messages from our committed readers about not receiving posts for the week. Even readers much older than us. It was humbling.
Just then it hit me, we were going through a drought season with writing. People go through drought seasons at some point in their lives. It could be a drought season at work, at school, in marriage, and even in Ministry. During that season, nothing seems to work or things look like they are falling apart and we can’t seem to hold them up together. You begin to question your abilities and consider quitting in that area in which you are experiencing the drought.
Is going through a drought season bad? Or does it mean you have failed? Most definitely not, I think the problem with a lot of us during a drought season is that we fail to recognize that we are in such a season of our lives. We keep trying, when we should stop, we keep pushing when we should pause and the end is possible frustration or impending failure.
When we are in a season of drought, it is important to first recognize that we are in that season. We need to know that it is a time to stop, it is a time for a deeper connection to our Father.
But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again. And the angel of the Lord came back the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.” So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God.
1 KINGS 19:4-8 (NKJV)
In the drought seasons of our lives, God may be calling us to something deeper as He did with Elijah. It could be that we are on one level and God wants to take us to the next level and until we pause and connect with Him, we will still be operating on level one, and because we have passed that level, we will experience drought. It is like being in the same class in school over and over again when you have passed on to the next.
As Christians, we are not meant to work by our own strength in all areas of our lives. We are meant to work in the strength of the Holy Spirit and when we do, all areas of our lives are seamless. But the Holy Spirit also needs our own strength and connection to work with. For instance, if as a Minister, you don’t take care of yourself and you become ill, the Holy Spirit cannot minister through you in that season. When we are in a drought season, it can be either of two reasons. Either we are working on our own strength or the Holy Spirit cannot find a connection or strength in us to work with. Interestingly, because they are connected, they have the same solution. Withdraw, Reconnect, Refresh, Reload and Refire.
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