>Dryness

>I know a lot of people in vocational ministry who are going through what I am calling a “dry” period…not a period of unconfessed sin, not a period of physical illness, not a period of spiritual deadness, not even a period of controversy/competition/crisis…”just” a period of dryness.

It is a funk that is not fun. I usually have a period of this when I come off the last summer trip of each season. The excitement, energy, and near-exhaustion of camp ministry propels adrenaline. The spiritual victories are invigorating, and watching students turn away from the gospel is ever-painful, but also energizing as it propels prayer. The transition from summer schedule to what passes for “normal” is always tough…but tougher this year.

Why the seeming epidemic of, only term of which I can think, dryness?

Don’t know. Testing? Spiritual attack? Just a physical thing (I got thru most of the summer without suffering allergies, but the last few weeks have been tough)?

Again, don’t know.

But it’s not fun.

Staying in the Word and communicating through prayer. Trying to get adequate rest (maybe too much?). Asking Spirit of God to search my heart and see if there is anything unclean within that hasn’t been addressed.

And fully aware that “this too shall pass” and though I go through a dry valley, I go not alone…My ever-present Source of joy/comfort/power etc is with me…as is my family…and friends…

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

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