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Aridity in or walk with God

Discussion in 'Spiritual Formation & Disciplines' started by Mark Dohle, Sep 20, 2021.

  1. Mark Dohle

    Mark Dohle Well-Known Member

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    Aridity in our walk with God

    "Therefore I am now going to allure her;
    I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her.
    (Hosea 2:14)

    The soul is made for the ‘Living Water’, that which allows our souls to flourish and grow. Yet the desert is also a reality that dwells within each of us. A place of dryness, thirst, listlessness, and a feeling of not knowing where one is moving towards, for in the desert there are no well-worn roads. It is there that we ‘wait on the Lord’ in faith. Where we seek the ‘Living Waters’ out of love and longing and not just simply to have our prayers heard, or to give us spiritual consolation; we learn that God gives and takes, draws close, and then pulls back…..yet that is an illusion.

    God is always yes, there is never change, for it is we who change, grow or pull back. In the desert we learn to trust; we also over a period of time learn that the living water is just below the surface nourishing us in all that we need. Our self-love and self-seeking die in the desert and what is left is our longing for the embrace of the living God.--Br.MD

    Even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.|
    (Psalm 139:12)
     
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