Desert // by Molly Shanahan

By February 18, 2019Spiritual Life

Have you ever felt like you were in a place in your life where you’re stuck in the desert? You feel like no matter what you pray, what you say, what you do- it doesn’t reach heaven and it most definitely doesn’t reach God.

I’ve been in this place for the past several months and it has been so difficult to push through it. When I’m in this place, I’m tempted to sulk in my sad place and tell myself the lies that I am alone and no one could possibly understand what I’m going through.

However, then I read Psalms and realize that David understood what I am going through.

Psalm 13:1-2 says,
“How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?”

If you’ve ever felt like God is silent or if you feel like He’s just not present in your life, I’m right there with you. David has been there, and so many people have been there! So friends, why do we continue to tell ourselves that we are alone in our pain? I do this too, but I’m asking you guys to think about why we do this.

For me, I think I like the idea of being alone because it makes me different, or it makes me feel special. I know how messed up that sounds, but feeling like my own person and not like anyone else is a part of my personality. I’m working on recognizing when I tell myself the lie that I’m all alone in the desert because so many of us are there.

I encourage you, as a friend, reading this post to think about the lies you tell yourself and try to find the truth to stand against that. It will be worth it because the truth really does set us free.

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John‬ ‭8:32‬

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