In case you are
feeling alone in your dryness, bear in mind the countless number
of faithful women and men who have gone through their own desert
of the spirit. Remember Moses' burning bush? Recall Elijah's
retreat from Jezebel after calling down fire from heaven to disprove
her idol worship? Don't forget Naomi, whose bitterness of soul
was so deep for a season that she even changed her name to "bitterness."
So, if the dry season is so common, why is it that we Christians
seldom speak of it? Actually, some traditions do address it openly.
For others, it seems to be a sign of weakness or failure to admit
that one's experience of God has grown powdery.
Let's go further into the
matter of faith and the dry season. Is it really a sign of faltering
faith when we lose our enthusiasm?