Find Comfort In The Drought

Photo Credit: Oli Scarff

Photo Credit: Oli Scarff

California is drying up and like many, my kids and I were praying for rain. Car ride prayers. Bike ride prayers. Mealtime prayers. Random prayers. Anywhere and everywhere prayers for rain.

We pray, believing God hears our prayers, anxiously awaiting His answer. “I am praying to you because I know you will answer.” Psalm 17:6

We pray because “…Jesus told His disciples a story to show they should always pray and never give up” in the parable of the persistent widow (Luke 18:1).

Sometimes God seems silent and hearts grows weary. The desired tangible answers are elusive and hope fades as discouragement spreads subtlety and extensively.

“Hope deferred makes the heart-sick.” Proverbs 13:12

But I keep on keeping praying.

It was one of those nights when I was craving desperately needed sleep. You know, those nights when you are so fatigued you should fall asleep, but can’t. Sleep was elusive, taunting me like a buzzing mosquito on a hot summer night. Then I noticed the faintest sound.

Pricking my ear away from the cadence of sweet sleep (otherwise known as snoring) I noticed the foreign sound of water intermittently falling from clouds to tree, tree to leaves, leaves to fences with a grand finale pitter-patter on the ground. It was like listening to Yosemite Falls after El Niño (remember when California had a water surplus?). The drought here in California is grim, but I realized how parched my heart was.

Lying in bed tears trickling in unbelief as I listened to the softly falling rain I was reminded of God’s deep interest and care for ALL His creation. Memories of His intervention in life’s highs and lows flooded my mind and I wondered why I ever doubted He would answer. I see His over-the-top answers to desperate selfish prayers, “Please let the emergency room be empty, but help us to be patient if not,” to penetrating miracles of physical and emotional healing (“What was on the scan, was no longer present,” declared my surgeon).

There isn’t a need to panic or stress about relationships, finances, parenting or whatever seems impossible. God is faithful to hear our hearts prayers and answer, but it’s not on our terms. Our minds often idle on the immediate problem, instead of God’s history of solutions. While we wait for His perfect timing and answer, we can choose to “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances.” I Thessalonians 5:15-18

What’s your drought?

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