Sometimes we experience a terrible dryness in our spiritual life. We feel no desire to pray, don’t experience God’s presence, get bored with worship services, and even think that everything we ever believed about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit is little more than a childhood fairy tale.
Then it is important to realize that most of these feelings and thoughts are just feelings and thoughts, and that the Spirit of God dwells beyond our feelings and thoughts. It is a great grace to be able to experience God’s presence in our feelings and thoughts, but when we don’t, it does not mean that God is absent. It often means that God is calling us to a greater faithfulness. It is precisely in times of spiritual dryness that we must hold on to our spiritual discipline so that we can grow into new intimacy with God.- Henri Nouwen
How do you move and press on through those seasons of spiritual dryness?
I know that as a ministry leader or pastor it is much tougher to experience those times, because we are often expected by those we serve and minster among to always and perpetually be hearing from and drawing near to God. Yet we will also experience periods and occasions of spiritual dryness.
So how do we work through those seasons of spiritual dryness? What should spiritual dryness teach us? Firstly, spiritual dryness should drive us to desire and seek God. It should push us deeper to the Lord. Also, it should prompt us to ask, God - what are you wanting to teach me? Spiritual dryness should be seen as a means, tool and instrument of God to help us examine our lives more closely.