A Spiritual Desert

It’s been a few months since I’ve wrote anything. I could say it was because I’ve been extremely busy with my schooling and clinicals, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. The truth is, is that for the past few months I have felt so distant from God.

I know, some of you will probably be thinking I’ve backslidden, but that’s not the case. Honestly, being away from the church I’ve grown up in my whole life has really been dragging me down. We’ve visited other churches in the area, but they’re just not the same. Maybe some of you as military spouses can relate.

The past few weeks, God has really been dealing with me on my slackness in my walk. So I bought a monthly calendar chalkboard for my kitchen, to write out my families daily bible reading plan. I started bringing my bible to clinicals with me to read on my lunch breaks. I’ve been listening to worship music throughout the day. I’ve been having talks with God in my car before the sun comes up. I’ve been pressing in to God.

Throughout my time here at our first duty station, I’ve learned that in order to stay connected to God, we have to stay plugged into Him. We stay plugged into God through reading His word daily, praying daily, and keeping our hearts and minds centered on Him.

Here recently, I’ve been reading a psalm each day. Since I started that back up, I’ve been finding myself thinking of David. I think about how no matter what David was feeling, facing, or going through, He never failed to praise God. David was plugged in to God by staying connected to Him through prayer and praise.

David teaches us the importance of knowing who God truly is and having faith in Him to be the God we need Him to be in our lives. He teaches us to praise Him in the storms and when we are feeling distant from God. He teaches us to pray every day and every night with such a fierce faith in God’s power, that the devil and our enemies will have to flee. He teaches us the importance of clinging to God in all things and at all times.

For the past few months, I have felt like I have been in a spiritual desert. But the truth is, I’ve always had the living well at the palm of hands to quench my thirst. You have it at the palm of your hands too. Plug into that living well of truth and hope.

This military life can break us down and make us feel like we’re in a spiritual desert. It can make us feel so alone and so distant from everyone we love, including God. But the truth the enemy doesn’t want us to remember is that God never distances Himself from us. He is always right there, by our sides, and in our hearts, beckoning us to come closer to Him and to stay in His presence. It’s up to us to plug into His presence and to be supplied by His source daily.

We can take the lessons from the book of Psalm and David to apply to our own lives. We always have the life source to stay connected to God, we just have to stay plugged into it.

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