I keep looking out my kitchen window at the grass in my front yard. It's been more than a week since I last mowed, and even though it has rained a bit off and on, I'm not seeing any growth.
In the dry season, we expect growth to come to a screeching halt, but why hasn't my grass started to grow with the little bit of rain we've had the past few days?
I've had dry seasons in my spiritual life like this. Where it seems everything is fine, but I'm really just going through the motions. When this happens, I can inevitable look back and see that the busyness of life has come in and dried up my times of spiritual refreshing like a scorching, hot sun.
Sure, I go to church on Sunday. I teach my preschool class on Wednesday nights. I pray with people here and there, but my spiritual ground has grown dry and the little bit of spiritual rain I may be getting isn't enough to sustain continued spiritual growth in my life.
Nature tells me through the seasons that eventually, the dry times will end, and the rain will certainly come. My lawn is going to grow long and full once again. Still, it takes a little time for rain to soften the ground after it has become dry. The best way to reintroduce water to dry ground is when that water comes; slow, steady and consistently.
When we are in a dry season spiritually, we hold all the power to continue in that dry spell or to begin the slow, steady and consistent steps that leads us back to growth.
In Colossians 2:6-7 the Living Bible says this:
6 And now just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust Him, too, for each day’s problems; live in vital union with Him. 7 Let your roots grow down into Him and draw up nourishment from Him. See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all He has done.
One of the signs you're spiritually thriving is to check your joy and thanksgiving for all the Lord has done for you!