Aridity, drought, period of waiting

Waiting on the Lord is like being alone in a desert with no landmarks, sounds, or direction. Aridity is the word Teresa of Avila uses. Perseverance is the watchword as I continue to do the other things that I know His Majesty wants me to do. Through patient endurance, I will pass through this desert into an oasis.

I have endured other periods of aridity in the past. Long ago I received healing for emotional scars from my childhood. For ten years, I wandered in the desert, surrounded by well meaning Christians who did not understand what was happening to me. I was beginning to see very clearly that most people never fully commit to His Lordship.Their Christianity had not been tested under fire.

I was misunderstood and shunned. My closest friends avoided me. The church leaders were not helpful to my situation. Eventually I excluded myself from their congregation. I looked for other congregations that might be more suitable to my state of mind. I felt abandoned by the body of Christ as I wandered alone with Christ in this desert.

Isaiah 40:31 New International Version (NIV)

but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.