Even the most devout members of Christianity have moments of dryness. The bible is riddled with stories of humans who felt overwhelmed, overtasked and just downright done. It’s no surprise that we still experience this today. In our culture, we move constantly and we are tired. We also battle the world, not unlike our brothers and sisters from the past, and it seems as though we are running a race with no finish line. Sometimes we just stop.
It’s a downward spiral, we feel tired so we skip our study time or miss a few services. We feel stretched and we run the other way. Next thing you know your heart feels different. I don’t think this is uncommon, I think it’s just something we don’t talk about. If I admit my spiritual drought, will people view me as not loving God? Will they think I’m weak? The problem is the more we run, the more we sink. We drown in ourselves in the world sometimes and even prayer seems like an impossible feat.
“ In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Romans 8:26
If you look at nature and our own bodies you can see exactly how perfect our God is. It’s no surprise that he made three entities of himself to help us through our struggles. Our father, who we can look to for guidance. Jesus, who we can relate to as human with worldly struggles. The Holy Spirit, who can supersede when we feel as if we can’t do it on our own. This perfect trifecta is like a perfect recipe for getting through this life and sometimes we forget an ingredient and fall flat. We can feel like Jesus is dragging us along because we didn’t tap into the energy of the Holy Spirit to stand up and walk with him. Or that God might hear our prayers but doesn’t quite understand our struggles if we leave out Jesus. But each 3 parts were created with divine purpose to meet our needs concurrently just as our vital organs do to keep our bodies alive.
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14
We have so many tools to get through our hard times. God listens intently, Jesus walks with us compassionately and the Holy Spirit intercepts when we don’t have the strength to make it alone. We are also given family, friends and sometimes even strangers to guide us if we’ve lost our way and the Bible to read like a map through life. We are given worship music to lift our hearts and surrender to praise and the church to share community with. Don’t neglect a single resource we’ve been given and remember, our race does have a finish line and it will be wonderful.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18