“And then this happened: Elijah the Tishbite, from among the settlers of Gilead, confronted Ahab: “As surely as God lives, the God of Israel before whom I stand in obedient service, the next years are going to see a total drought—not a drop of dew or rain unless I say otherwise.”

About a year ago I wrote a series called ‘The Message in the Storm’, where I spent 5 days talking about different storms in the Bible, and the messages from God that we could take from each of them (you can find them through the ‘storms’ tag or through searching ‘Message in the storm’). It was one of the more powerful ways God spoke to me about walking in faith and trust and understanding in the storms of our lives, and I hope if you read it, it spoke to you too.

This morning as I meditated on just the general sense of ‘dullness’ I’ve been feeling in this season – spiritually, mentally, and emotionally – I realized that not every difficult season we go through is a storm…

Sometimes, what we are facing is really a drought.

Droughts differ from storms in that they are not necessarily seasons where we are thrust into great torment or trial and tribulation, but rather times at which we seem to be hidden away from the goodness and Grace of God  – when it seems like the heavens have been shut up and no blessing or providence is coming down. They are filled with unrest and inner turmoil. They are seasons when we find ourselves burnt out and our lives in disarray no matter how much order we try to inject into it. In a drought, we often can neither see nor hear God in our circumstances.

For the next week I’ll be looking at the story of Elijah, and how he was able to withstand the season of drought that was thrust upon him, and the lessons we can take while we walk through our own.