Often times we come in and out of seasons of spiritual dryness. In seasons of dryness we feel dead, distant from God, unconnected from Him and The Body of Christ. I know in my life when I experience spiritual dryness I search high and low for an avenue to guide and draw me back to spiritual life. One scripture I always go to is Ezekiel 37:1-6, 14, The Valley of Dry Bones.
This summer I’m challenging myself to read more. In my year of Masters Commission I was shown the importance of relationship, so one book I’ve decided to read is called “Covenant Relationships” by Keith Intrater. It’s about establishing genuine relationships in every aspect of our lives in order to fully and better represent Jesus, and The Body of Christ.
Phil King, a recording Christian artist that is from our little town of Turlock, California, released a song some years back titled “Daddy I Love You.” At first glance we can relate to that word being said but as we listen to it gives us a different meaning. A meaning, might I add, that can assist us in our relentless pursuit of calling Jesus our Father.
A couple of months back in my class one of our pastors spoke to us about excellence. He told us as believers we need to commit to excellence, we need to be the best in everything we do. It was very inspirational and motivating when he gave us a list of common sayings that we should live by. One of them read, “Dont ask time where it has gone, but rather tell it where to go.”
As I analyze my walk with Christ just a little over a year ago, I can sense the trials, tribulations, and everything in between (to say the least). Initially, I was doing everything right. Go to a private school? Check. Get confirmed through the Lutheran church? Check. Live my life according the Christian life fundamentals? Check. Nevertheless, once I actually realized the Christ-driven life last January, I saw my relationship with Him in a different light-a light that wouldn’t burn out. A flicker? Yes, many times actually, but for the most part I saw Jesus as my friend.
It started as a simple walk to the library to return my girlfriend’s books, and ended consumed in a conversation about God’s grace with the most unexpected person in all of Pitman High School… the librarian.
In Psalms 139:7-10 we read that the presence of God is everywhere you cannot escape it. No matter where we go God’s hand guides us and holds us fast (v.10). As I read this I asked my self “If God’s presence is everywhere why can’t I feel it?”