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After the fury of storms dumping their moisture on the land, we rejoice when the weather changes. The sun comes out and the snow melts. The mud puddles dry up and paths become firm again.

But, extended periods of dry weather can lead to drought. Once fertile soil becomes rock hard. Vegetation wilts from a lack of water. Reservoirs shrink and governments begin to limit water usage.

Drought is defined as a long period with no rain. It can also mean a shortage of something.

In life, I have periods where I get dry. My heart hardens and my productivity fades. Something shrivels inside and I find myself hoarding resources instead of living generously.

What can I do during periods of personal drought? Find a source of water. Even a few drops at a time can soften the soil and regenerate growth. A verse from the Bible. A song on the radio. A note from a friend. Seeing a sunrise or taking a walk in a park. A whispered prayer.

I’m reminded of the Psalms where David cried out to God saying “My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water” (Ps. 63:1 NKJV). Later, he said “My soul shall be satisfied” (Ps 63:5 NKJV). David was in a drought but found a source that filled up the parched places until his hope was restored and his joy returned.

What about you? Are you in a drought? What sources of water have you found?

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3 thoughts on “Weather Patterns – Drought

  • November 4, 2009 at 8:02 am
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    >I've been in plenty of personal droughts. Prayer helps, Bible digging helps, and even the beautiful hymns at church do. I think it's really an amalgamation of all that rehydrates me.

  • November 4, 2009 at 8:47 am
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    >Sometimes I think that while things like singing and scripture can comfort us in dry spells, only God can release us from those droughts. I think He has a purpose for them, and that when the purpose is fulfilled, the drought ends. I say this having just emerged from a drought!

  • November 4, 2009 at 5:04 pm
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    >I've definitely been in droughts. They make me appreciate the times of abundance. When God feels so close and His grace overwhelms me and writing is the easiest thing in the world.

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