Modern Psalms: You are Here in the Dryness

“Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! Fear the Lord, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need. Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.” (Psalm 34:8-10, NLT)

Hey Pops, Thank you for being present in all seasons, even those seasons that my weak flesh struggles to seek and find you. Thank you for always beckoning me closer. Thank you for the distinct privilege of being called and claimed by you. You are a loving Father and a close friend. Every day with you is such a blessing. I pray that your presence would be the only address that I would make my spiritual and emotional refuge because it is the place to find lasting joy, real love, and solid peace. I pray that you would

continue to reveal to me the unrivaled sweetness of time spent with you. Today, one thought is louder than any else on my mind, and that thought is that I so desperately need you, Jesus. I am so hungry for a new vision and a fresh encounter with you. Currently, I find myself in a season of dryness. I constantly question whether I am acting out of devotion or obligation. Am I serving you out of my desire to please and glorify you, or am I serving out of a desire to people-please? Lord, I am so weak and imperfect, yet still, you entrusted your plans to me; plans that you have not only ordained, but funded, and for that, I cannot be more grateful. And after all this time, you have continued to show me the joys of living this life with you. I have seen the grace and the promise of your love in not just my life, but the lives of those around me. Even now, in this season of dryness, I am reminded that the incessant restlessness of my parched soul is merely a sign of the fact that I have known the closeness of your Spirit. The dissatisfaction of this season is simply a reaction to having known the intimacy and depth of seasons bursting with life and constant conversation with you. Even David knew the struggle of a dry season. Even strong, young lions know hunger, despite the fact that they have all the strength, power, and prowess to conquer it. Just like a young lion uses that hunger as a driving force to change his circumstance, I pray that I could use this dryness to still glorify you. And maybe, in doing that, I could enter back into a place where I can feel and hear you in everything again. So Pops, I pray that you would show me the reason you have me in this dry place. Reveal to me the questions that need answering before I can pull back the veil that seems to separate me from the fullness of your presence. Thank you for the small breadcrumbs and words you have left for me as I fight my way back into a sweet spot with you. I know that even now, you have never left me or lifted your hand off of me, and for that, I praise you. I also pray that you would use my dryness to stir, shake, and break down the dryness of anyone reading my words today. I ask that they would be encouraged to continue seeking you, regardless of what they find. I ask that you would gently lead them into the conversations that allow them to dive into deep wells of your presence again. Most importantly, I thank you for still pouring out the ability and opportunity to love and glorify you, even when I have no idea where my strength is going to come from. You are mighty. You are worthy, and you are so deserving of all my praise.

I love you.

Talk to you soon, Cortney

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