Dry Times

CS Lewis called it the dry times and likened it to hills and valleys. Our spiritual lives are like that. We have ups and downs, the times when we feel close to God, when our devotions are being said, when we are attuned to temptation and somehow the strength is there to resist. We feel good. Then there’s the other times when you barely feel connected to anyone and anything, and our prayers bounce of the ceilings or die before ever crossing our lips, and the Word is lifeless and boring as sin to us.

In either situation, remember that our faith, salvation and spiritual life have little connection to our feelings. Your spiritual high and close feelings may be more due to the fact that it’s spring and you’re eating healthily. Your dry times could be from lack of sleep. We cannot control them, and the truth is beyond our understanding. And remember If Scripture says anything about this phenomena, it leans on the side that the high times may be an illusion and it is in those times of weakness and dryness, of suffering and cross that God does His best work in our life. (James 1:1-5; 2 Cor. 12:9, et al.)

We also remember that the Christian life is not about victory and accomplishment, but about receiving. About getting up when we fall. About showing up to hear and receive, about picking up that cross (again) and going forth. When the way is bright and light, thanks be to God. When it is heavy and dark and the monsters circle and sins entice, give thanks to God for His victory.

2 comments on “Dry Times

  1. The life of St. Silouan the Athonite shows this, too. He experienced the heights of the spiritual life very quickly and then experienced years of dryness and terrible temptation for many more years after that.

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