Dry land. The valley. The desert. They are one in the same. They are the times in our life and faith journey that we feel most distant from God. Times when we doubt and question; times when we feel completely alone; times when our heart is broken and we cry out to God is desperation. Often we can't feel Him, we can't hear Him, and we can't see Him working. Times spent in the desert are not fun, glamorous, or desirable; in fact, they are both unnerving and inevitable, yet absolutely necessary. It is in these dry seasons that our faith is tested, and the end result is always worth it: we are put through the fire of refinement that we may come out on the other side stronger and more confident in who God is and what He requires of us. But how do we most faithfully get through our seasons of dry land?
Pray. It sounds simple because it is. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, we are commanded to "Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances," and a dry season is no exception. Pray, pray, and then pray some more. If you don't hear from God, that's okay. If you can't feel or sense His presence, that's okay. Just because it may seem like He's nowhere to be found does not mean that He isn't there. Pray for for stronger faith, pray for refinement, and pray for deliverance.
Cling to the Rock. Jesus Christ is the Rock upon which those who claim to be His stand. Cling to who He is, and remember His teachings and the way He lived His life here on earth. Cling to the unending and undeserved love that He pours out so graciously on us. Cling to the truth that Jesus sacrificed His life for you that you may live.
Trust God for who He is. God promises to be with us, to lead us and guide us, and to deliver us (2 Corinthians 1:10). He promises to work all things together for our good (Romans 8:28). He promises His children life eternal. Even in the midst of our dry seasons, God does not change. He is worthy of our trust, especially when it's hardest to do (that's why it's called faith).
It is an unavoidable fact that we will all face many valleys in our lives here on earth, but we must take heart and know that it is in those times that God will strengthen and equip us for His good purpose. Remember that beyond every stretch of dry desert lies rich and abundant land.
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds,
because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature
and complete, not lacking anything."
Lastly, read Psalm 23 as many times as you find necessary to get embed this truth on your heart: God is with you always, even in the valley of death, leading you by the hand toward quiet streams and fields of green where He will refresh your soul. His goodness and love chase after you always, and you, O child of God, will dwell in His house forever.