Desert: 1.a region so arid because of little rainfall that it supports only sparse and widely spaced vegetation or no vegetation at all 2. any place lacking in something (Webster’s Dictionary)
Desert, dry land, or the wilderness is what we call periods of time when we feel unproductive, experience spiritual dryness, face struggles, hardship, and do not feel God’s presence. I will refer to this period as a desert land. This is not a comfortable place to be. It is not something I look forward to and I hate to be in this place. One thing about a desert land is not knowing how long you will remain in this place.
Why I am in a Desert Land
There are many reasons why a person finds himself in a desert land. Those reasons include sin, participating in things which dull spiritual sensitivity or cause distraction, and there are times when nothing is wrong, but right, and God leads one to this place for the purpose of training and blessing. These are just a few of the reasons why a person may be placed in a desert land. Whatever the reason, God is trying to tell you something. It is during this time one should seek God for answers and determine what it is he/she needs to do or receive while in this dry place.
When you find yourself in a desert land, it is important that you go through it. By this I mean you should continue to worship God and spend time in prayer with Him. It takes an act of faith to continue do these things when you experience such spiritual dryness. In fact, it seems more faith is required during the periods in which you do not see, feel, or hear from Him.
Beware of Temptation
There are dangers in the desert land. It is tempting to believe God is far from you during a dry season. If we are not careful, we can find ourselves asking, "Does God still love me? Does He really care for me?" In reality, God is working on us; so, yes, He still loves and cares for you!
Another thing to be aware of is the temptation to let your beliefs and trust in God waiver. You might find yourself tempted to question the promises of God. This can lead to resentment or bitterness towards Him. As a result, you can let others pull you away from God, and reject what you know of and about Him.
From Desert Land To Flowing Waters
After time in a desert land comes flowing waters. There is renewed life. Hopefully you have grown spiritually, and gained a deeper connection with God. You may find that you are now more productive and more in tune spiritually.
If you find yourself in a desert land, there is something to be learned. You are placed in a desert land for a reason. God is trying to get your attention. Stay in prayer, in His Word, and patiently wait for what He has to say to you.