From Weary to WonderfulFrom Barren to Beautiful
There has probably been many times in our lives when we have felt as if we are going no-where and we are just weary or we are dry and barren. Well no more because we are going to go through the bible and see just how Jesus can and does bring us through each and every trial we face, and how to be transformed and revived in Him; no more dry and weary land, no more dry and dusty bones, no more barren places, but refreshed and renewed by the outpouring of Christ.
The various scriptures we are going to look through are Psalms 63:1,Isaiah 43:19, Isaiah 44:3-4, Isaiah 54:1, and Ezekiel 37:4-6 specifically, because remember the dead do not worship Him; however, the dry bones will have life and will live again, and Gods cleansing water will flow like a mighty current through the dry and weary land, and the barren will sing forth a new song and cry out aloud to the Lord of Lords.
When we are in a dry and weary land we can tell immediately but, getting there is a slow process as if we are sleep-walking, everything seems to be all right but each day we seem to be just a little farther away from the Lord. Anything can cause this to happen, from a disagreement with a friend, to maybe an accident, or even a loss of job; we go to church smile, sing, then we go home unchanged. One thing is for sure though, there will come a time when we will just flee from church or we will just decide to not go anymore, and we end up walking around zombified; right there and then is usually when we realize we are in a desert and can not seem to find our way out. We are in a dry and weary place where there is no water, we are barren bearing no fruit except negativity and anger, and our life has been sapped out of us, but do not despair because the Lord is still right there with you and is on your side just waiting for you to turn around and give you a fresh anointing.
So what do we do, how do we turn this around? Well the first thing is to know and acknowledge where we are and not feel guilty or ashamed about this, because probably almost every person in church has been through their own desert, dry, barren, lifeless experience. We just change the terminology and say “this is my season to just sit”, “I am in the desert so I can learn how to be more like Jesus”, etc., we like to put a theologian twist on it so we can feel better, but, it is better to be honest for then God can and will do a mighty work. Then, dust off your bible open the Word and read, I always recommend starting in Psalms for these chapters are so edifying for the soul, really read the Word and let God speak to you, from there is gets very easy, speak to God let Him hear your heart, your disappointments, your heartaches, and He will, guaranteed, start to heal all your ailments, removing you hurts one by one and restoring life to the dry bones. Lastly, go back to church, as it is not good for a person to be alone, if you feel too uncomfortable going back to your last one then find a new one, preferably a spirit-filled, Word of God, church that does not water down or compromise the Word of God. I know this sounds just too easy, but really it is that easy, God said He would never leave nor forsake you, He said, He is doing a new thing, He said, He will pour water on the thirsty and streams on the dry so we can spring up like willows by a flowing stream, and He said, He would bring life back to the dry bones with His very breath.
Now you may think, who is this and how does she know what will happen? Well this very thing happened to me and I did run away from church, well I drove away very fast. I was an Associate Pastor who was then promoted to an Elder, I have preached from the U.K. to U.S.A. and taught the Word of God to many many people, people thought I had it all together. However, in all this there was one person, unbeknown to me, who was just out for my destruction, who was gossiping behind my back and telling the most heinous of lies for one purpose and one purpose only, the destruction of Debra Lawrence. I was treated with utter distain and hate by this person and I was literally pushed to the brink of destruction not wanting anything to do with church or church people. Now, as a disclaimer I tried to do all the right things, talking to her about this, even counseling her about her low self-esteem, bringing everything out in the open between us, and I was praying for her constantly, but none of this seemed to work, she just hated me and wanted me gone. So one Sunday at church I couldn’t take the hateful glances anymore and I fled, I jumped in my car and just drove and drove, all the time speaking to God wanting an answer as to why. But in this time God started to speak to me very gently and softly, Amazing Grace Chris Tomlin was playing on the radio and God told me to go back it wasn’t time yet; however, on the way back as I was stopped at traffic lights I turned to the side and right there was the most beautiful perfect purple little flower growing in a nasty, dirty, dusty, and dry land and I realized right there God was doing a work in me and when the time came He would move us on. The Lord revealed to me I was in a dry and weary land barren and dusty but He was going to transform me into a vessel that would shine for His Glory not mans, for it is all about a relationship with God not man. So yes I had to go back to the same church apologize for being a baby and let God work, the hate didn’t stop, the slander didn’t stop but it no longer mattered for I knew God was working and when it came time for us to leave, my pain was left at the door and we left in peace.
This journey was not easy at all and for a while I stopped reading my bible and stopped talking to God, but then, an amazing thing happened in the church we moved to; God actually showed me the chains and shackles that had kept me bound being removed one at a time and all of them where left at the alter. So what did I do, I knew I was broken and dry and needed help, so I picked up my bible and really read, I spoke to my God, and I started to immerse myself back in church with people who just want a closer relationship with God and unity in the Saints, and yes I was renewed and refreshed, transformed and revived in Christ. So I say to anyone who was or is going through a dry place right now to not give up and to hold on for Jesus has already paid the price and has already won the battle on your behalf. The enemy is a liar and a destroyer of the saints, but Jesus came to set the captives free, to bring sight to the blind, He is the Way, the Truth and the Life and He wants to remove your shackles and bring you back to His heart. Jesus loves us so much that He willingly died for us while we were still sinners so we would always have a way to Him and it is as easy as calling on the name Jesus. Let your streams flow with living water and immerse yourself back in Him as Jesus will guide your steps and light your way as you grow in His Grace and Mercy removing the weariness and bringing restoration to your soul, for He is bringing forth a new creation.