Desert Seasons

“For Everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under Heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1.

“Now is not the season for planting,” my beautiful and wise Jesus-loving neighbor said to me as I stood in her driveway. We were having a discussion about asking God for direction, and I looked at her with tears in my eyes, wondering what she could possibly mean. She knew I was in a dry and parched season of loss and constant change. I was tired. Yet I had decisions to make. Waiting on God to answer was taking a long, long time.

Desert seasons – times when we pray and pray and pray and hear nothing. They can be unbearably difficult.

When we are in painful periods of grief or in stages of letting go, it is not a time to begin anew– not yet. Making major life changes without having fertile ground beneath you is setting yourself up for failure before you even begin. The soil is not ready. It is in these times we must wait on the Lord and return to what we know. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him…” Psalm 37:7 tells us. 

When God is silent we must remember who God is and, in perspective, who we are. Remember. God is always working. He sees everything and knows everything. He hears my prayers; He knows my every need. My impatient and self-centered heart wants an answer NOW because I think I know what is best for me and those I love– when truly I really don’t. God does.

If He is not answering you, it is for a reason. Often, we must come to the end of ourselves to recognize our incredible need for him- for us to be a light to others as we walk in the darkness. For his grace to be glorified.

This season has a purpose. He is molding us and shaping us and using the time of silence to bring to our hearts what is truly important. And in his timing He will answer. His answer is always better than any I could have come up with myself. Every season of our lives are in His hands. Even the dry ones. 

Father God, you are the sovereign creator- the maker of our times and seasons. You always know what is best for us. When we are discouraged by your silence let us lift our eyes to you knowing you hear our prayers and will answer in your perfect timing. Give us hearts to trust you in the desert. Thank you that you are faithful. Amen.