“Water, water everywhere and not one drop to drink!” is a popular saying taken from a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge called “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” While it is describing a perilous time at sea when the crew members (surrounded by sea water) were literally dying of thirst, it is also descriptive of what one can sometimes feel like in the sea of Christianity.
Now I’m not suggesting one has to feel this way or that one should feel this way; rather, I’m simply making an observation that many people do feel this way from time to time. All around us there are signs of Living Water: bibles galore, Christian radio and TV broadcasts and churches on every corner. We see professing Christians scurrying to and fro. Stories of local ministry and foreign missions abound. Yet all the while you feel somewhat dry and no matter how hard you try, all that “water” around you just doesn’t satisfy–if anything, it only increases your thirst.
This is what can only be described as a “dry spell.” God seems to be working all around you and others apparently are drinking their fill. Meanwhile, you are seeking and searching and it feels like you are getting…well…nothing.
It’s easy to be faithful when there is excitement in the air and everything appears to be going great. When God is using you, when you know your place and when you just feel good. But what do you do if you don’t feel like God is using you, when you aren’t sure of your place and when frankly it just does not “feel” good in any sense of the word? What do you do then? You hang on.
I do not know all the reasons why God allows some of His children to go through times like this but I know it happens. Perhaps it is a testing of our faith. Perhaps it is something else. But whatever the case, it is in times like these that we have to stand on the promises of God and not on our feelings. We have to ask and keep on asking, seek and keep on seeking, knock and keep on knocking. Be persistent!
Know that this too shall pass and that one day you will once again find yourself swimming in the streams of Living Water. It will happen, and in that moment you will forget all about your dry spell as you drink and drink till your heart’s content.