Sometimes I take the Lord for granted. I’ve been in church almost every Sunday since my mother became a Christian when I was in the first grade. But, church attendance does not inoculate us from seasons of dryness where we take our faith for granted. We can become focused on things we are doing and not take a step back to see what God is doing. I believe I am coming out of a little dry spell.
I started a new job this year, and the transition was a little overwhelming. I tried to juggle everything, but dropped many ‘balls’ in the process. I’ve been so focused on the juggling that I have neglected some of the things that are most important. My time with the Lord has been lacking when I have needed it the most. Oh, I know all the right answers, but still I get wrapped up so quickly in other pressing things that by the end of the day I realize I have not spent my regular time alone with God.
Unfortunately, because of this I have missed many of the things that He has been doing around me. In my experience I have found that when I am consistently in His Word, walking and talking with Him daily, hourly, I can see His activity all around me. Things have finally slowed down some and as I am getting my routine back, my eyes have been opened again to God’s handiwork in the people around me. It is a truly blessed experience.
God is at work! He is working in the ministry I have the honor to be a part of. He is working in the lives of the women I do life with in recovery. He is working in my personal life and the lives of my friends and family. I could go on and on. God is at work whether I see Him or not. I would just rather to be able to see Him at work and not miss it because I am not paying attention.
I have been going through the Psalms and it is a very encouraging and peace-giving book. Sometimes the Psalmist was in despair and cried out to the Lord. I wonder was he in despair because he had not been seeking the Lord? By the end of the Psalm though, he is praising.
When the Lord brought back the captive ones of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with joyful shouting; then they said among the nations, “The Lord had done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad. Psalm 126:1-3
I guess that is where I am. After experiencing a dry spell, I am drinking from the stream of living water again; my thirst is quenched. I am experiencing the joy of the Lord the way He intends me to experience it as I am …just living the thing.