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Thank You Lord for this Dry Season (Devotion)

Thank You Lord for this Dry Season (Devotion)

By Ed Rotheram on July 22, 2012

“When I’m dry and thirsty Lord, and I’m crying out for more, I know I can trust in Your love..” (from “Your Love is Everything” - Chris McClarney, Anthony Skinner)

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes find this hard to take. God’s love is for me, my faith in Him is sure, and yet, it’s confession time - I wobble every now and again. I’m sure each and every one of you have occasionally found yourself not giving your usual 110% during a dry season - but how do we respond to these times?

Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you”, says James 4:8. Start by thanking Him - and then thank Him some more. This may seem hard, especially when we’re going through stuff, and feel dry, weak, and empty. I’ll give you a little story that may encourage you:

I heard a speaker last year tell the story of his wife, who having been sick to the point of not being able to get out of bed for a couple of weeks, had reached her limit of what she could take. Lying in bed, she kept asking the Lord what could be done to rid her of her pain and suffering. He responded simply - “be thankful”. Sorry? “Thank me..” Not being in a particularly readily thankful state of mind she began scanning the room for ideas. She saw some flowers standing in a vase. “Ok. Thank You Lord for the flowers that were sent to me...” She continued thanking for a couple of minutes and then slept. She woke up feeling a little better, and her condition improved steadily to the point where she was up and about a day or two later.

When we find ourselves in a dry season, we often also find our hearts harden up a bit (or a lot!). “Thank You” is a good way of starting. Psalm 34 teaches us to Praise the Lord at all times. That’s ALL times. (I know, I struggle with this one too). Try it - I have been, and it’s a good process to go through. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.

Come, bring Your Burdens - A Response

I’ll leave you with the Message’s translation of Matthew 11:28-30. Spend some time with Him - He’s there for you, He desperately wants to know you, He loves You, His grace is unending, His mercy is unfailing, His plan for You is bigger than You can imagine. Come to Him. Then take Him to the world.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matt 11:28-30 MSG)

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