You are in a dry place and can’t see through the sandstorms of trials swarming about you. In your heart you feel like your mind has fallen off Reality’s cliff and the only things keeping you in mid-air are the scraps of stable emotions you didn’t toss out with the bowl of madness last week.
We’ve all had our moments when we felt like hamsters running on that stupid wheel. No matter how fast our pace the wheel just kept spinning and we went nowhere. Living in Hamsterville did not accomplish one single thing. But the side effects were disappointment, frustration and added anxiety.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Fight all your battles on your knees
We were standing in a dry place. A dry place may not necessarily exemplify a geographical location. But can denote a random space anywhere between here and there—You know, the far side of nowhere? Here we find ourselves void of any successful attempts in coming out of whatever unpleasant predicaments we find ourselves. The word of God teaches us when we’ve done all just stand. But how do you stand feeling fragile as a toothpick—if one more bad wind of discouragement comes by it will surely blow you over? The best position to fight from when you can no longer stand is on your knees where the spirit of God stands up and fights for you. But you say, “I did pray, and nothing happened.” But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:6-8)
Now you are halt between two opinions.
You are so tired of that cubicle you want to pull your hair out by the roots. No matter how many resumes you send, job interviews or job fairs you attend; nothing seems to pan out. You decide to try riding the bicycle of entrepreneurship, but the training wheels keep falling off. Now you are halt between two opinions. Straddling the Fence of Doubt as you wander into Wonderland. I wonder if I should do this…I wonder if I should do that…Before you know it procrastination has become your companion; taking you further away from your destiny instead of leading you to it. You are in a dry place. Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, (Acts 3:19)
Relationship after relationship you keep seeing mirages but never find your true oasis. Whether they are your garden variety friendships or hybrid orchids of love. The egg keeps coming back at your face. And while you have now acquired a youthful appearance on the outside, inside you are dried up from the many betrayals and thirsty for a fountain of the real thing. You are still in the desert of your dreams “And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. (Isaiah 58:11)
You are not a magician.
As a single parent, the harder you try getting your child on the right path; he/she keeps going in the wrong direction, seemingly on purpose. Thus making your life issues even more difficult. Fear begins overshadowing you as you question your parenting skills and how they may affect your child’s decisions in the future. You began walking down Presumptions Path without even praying this thing through. You are not a magician. You can’t just pull the answers out of a hat or thin air. Did you really consult the LORD about this? Or were you asking everybody’s opinion and not praying for instruction? If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5) Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
There was a time when you found yourself in a corner you came out fighting like Mohammad Ali and won. But now, instead of having the knockout punch the knockout punch has you. You are in a dry place and can’t see through the sandstorms of trials swarming about you. In your heart you feel like your mind has fallen off Reality’s cliff and the only things keeping you in mid-air are the scraps of stable emotions you didn’t toss out with the bowl of madness last week. For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity. (Proverbs 24:16)
…giving you the persona of a voodoo doll.
Do you have a vision or are you in panic mode where the totality of your thoughts looks more like an abstract painting—instead of organized ideas. You see all the people you know in their catamarans sailing up the River of Success, waving as they go by. While you are still landlocked in the middle of nowhere your mind tries to escape to anywhere. You are in a dry place. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand. (Psalm 37:23-24)
You may be in a dry place, but you do not have to stay there! What do you do when finding yourself in such a position? When in the middle of No-Man’s Land clueless of any strategy consider Hagar’s predicament, after being sent away for fear of her son, Ishmael, being joint heirs with Isaac. This Egyptian bondwoman and her son were expelled, from a tent of life, with nothing more than bread and a bottle of water, into the desert. They had no other options. After wondering in the desert of Beersheba all their water was spent, so she placed Ishmael under a bush because she did not wish to see him suffer and die. She lifted up her voice and wept. As the shadow of death crept upon him, God heard his “silent cry”. Because he was too weak to lift up his voice, and provided water sparing his life. In this deliverance the boy grew, dwelt in the desert and became an archer. (Gen. 21:14-21)
Sometimes we will find the desert a place of refuge—a habitation of protection from the hand of the enemy for a season. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
God knows exactly where we are. And even when it looks like it is down to the last possible moment. You must remember, he is omnipresent—everywhere at the same time. Even in your silent suffering, he can hear your desperate cries for help. He hears your wordless cries. (Genesis 4:10 )
She went on a fast.
Or the next time you pray and nothing happens get Hannah’s attitude. Who’s Hannah? If you open your bible to I Samuel Chapter One you will find Hannah was Elkanah’s favorite of his two wives. Whenever Elkanah would go to worship and sacrifice to the Lord of hosts in Shiloh; he would always give Hannah a double portion for he loved Hannah, although the Lord had closed her womb. And because his other wife, Peninnah had children she provoked Hannah severely, year in and year out when they would go to Shiloh. Peninnah chided Hannah so she cried and refused to eat. She went on a fast because she was in a dry place. (Matthew 17:21)
As she prayed she made a vow.
One day when Hannah got tired of being teased, she went to the Lord’s house in Shiloh. Out of bitterness of soul she prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish. As she prayed she made a vow if the Lord gave her a son she would give him back to His service. In continued prayer she prayed out of her heart so that her lips moved but no words came out. Eli the priest observed this and accused her of being drunk with wine. Hannah explained to him she was a woman of a sorrowful spirit. She’d had nothing to drink, but rather poured her soul out before the Lord. And asked Eli to not consider her as a wicked woman. For it was out of the abundance of her complaint and grief she had spoken. Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.” And she said, “Let your maidservant find favor in your sight.” So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.
Then they rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord, and returned and came to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.”
Notice Hannah’s countenance changed. For she had laid her petition, with confidence, before the Lord. And the priest had also prayed for her. The heaviness she carried in her heart was lifted. We must observe in the process of time—at the end of the pregnancy she gave birth to God’s answer to her prayer—a son who was living and thriving. The words the Lord speaks are spirit and they are life. (John 6:63)
We must press our way through…
Although our lives, at times, appear to be a world of troubles wrapped in a mirage of hopelessness; God has already fixed our lives in ways we never knew possible; when we follow the plans He made. In one day, being divinely blessed by God can erase all the failures and disappointments of a lifetime. We must press our way through in prayer even when it looks like it is not being answered. So when the answered prayer comes you can give it back to the Lord. He will break it, bless it and multiply it! (Luke 9:16)
- The best position to fight any battle is on your knees in prayer.
- When you pray. Pray in faith with confidence.
- Don’t straddle the fence. Repent and keep it moving.
- When going through the maze of relationships ask God for continual guidance.
- You are not a magician—Pray in humility seeking God for wisdom.
- If you raise a child in the way he/she should go; it will always be with them.
- No matter how many times you get knocked down get back up.
- You may feel landlocked but God is still directing your steps.
When you find yourself in any of these places face those problems head on. I know it sounds a little out there. But so is God out there; waiting to hear from you. It is imperative to continue seeking His council in prayer. Even if you cannot speak, remember Ishmael and Hannah; neither could they, yet their prayers touched the throne of God. And if you possess the faith of a mustard seed—you can have the confidence in knowing yours can too! (Matthew 17:20)
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