“Danger Will Robinson!” California is in the midst of a serious drought. If you haven’t heard about it, you’ve been living under a rock somewhere. While on vacation on the East Coast this summer I had numerous people offer to give me water to take home with me, because we needed all the help we could get. While I think they might be taking it to the extreme, it adequately illustrates the exposure the drought has received nationwide as well as the severity of our problem.
We are all trying to do our parts and over the past two years, we’ve made some changes to our routines. First of all, we are trying to take shorter showers and use less when water washing dishes and carrying out other water-related chores. We bought new water-efficient toilets and installed them. We are installing a new Weather-based Irrigation system and limiting our watering to our assigned days. And last but not least, we are planting a drought-resistant landscape in both our front and backyards. We are maintaining about half of our grass, but with the changes we are making, we are hoping to sustain our yard through the tough reality of a changing environment.
As Christians, we can also experience our share of drought. We may have fallen into some sinful patterns or perhaps we simply lack the passion we once had in our faith. Whatever the circumstances may be, we aren’t feeling it. This can become a difficult season if we don’t pay attention to it. Here are a few tips I have learned to help me through my dry times.
- Acknowledge the drought. It does no good to act like everything is good. Sometimes I can get really good at acting like life is good. Confession is good for us! We need to learn to confess both to God and others the truth about the state of our souls.
- Take measures to feed your soul. We are all different and so formulas aren’t the point here. Whatever feeds you soul, make sure you’re getting adequate amounts of it. Just like my grass (what’s left of it) needs water and sunshine, I need those connecting times that refresh me. For me that can be listening to music, reading a good Book, or going for a run.
- Find a partner to help water your soul. Without getting cheesy here, we need others alongside us. Christianity is meant to be done in community and we need others to participate in helping to nourish us. The beauty is that this nourishing goes both ways and in the end both souls are watered.
- Get rest. Whether that is Quiet Time with your Bible and a journal or simply having a day or two or three without activity, our bodies need to be shut down from time-to-time.
- Activate. This may sound counter-intuitive, but one of the ways in which God waters our souls is by being active in doing his work. I experience this most notably when I’m involved in mission work. . . but it can also be seen in talking with a friend who is struggling, helping out a neighbor with a project or by volunteering with the church, a school or non-profit. Wherever it is. . . get involved. As we serve and give ourselves away, God replenishes our souls.