- What do you do when you feel dry?
- Do you ever just get tired of always having to be "on"?
- What if we just told the truth? Wouldn't that be a breath of fresh air to the men and women in our churches (for ministers/ preachers/pastors/church leaders in particular)?
Behind our house is a small creek. When we first looked at this house six years ago, the creek was one of my favorite places. It runs along the property line--about fifty yards. Most of the time during the year, this creek has running water. There are two places where the creek drops a bit, so the flowing water has a rushing sound. There is one spot that is deep--that is, it is deep when we've had rain. Occasionally there will be a few small brim in the water. The girls and I used to catch the fish, bring them up and throw them back. Usually there are frogs, a few turtles, and probably a few creatures I don't want to know about.
- I've sat by that creek and said nothing.
- I've sat by that creek and prayed.
- I've sat by that creek and wondered.
Well, we haven't had rain in some time. The creek is dry. Very dry. No running water in the creek. No rushing sound. Meanwhile, the ground begins to crack.
At times, this picture has been my life. Dry. Parched. Lifeless. Cracks in my life. Longing for a better day. Many Christians experience this. Many ministers experience this and often feel like they have nowhere to turn (within their churches). What do you do?
Sometimes when I feel this way, I long to be alone and to get away. It is not so much that I want a vacation or a break (though at times that can be so helpful). Rather, I find myself feeling like that dry creek bed. What is it that contributes to my own dryness?
- Spending too much time on tasks that in the end seem pointless. (While we forget our mission.)
- Standing on the side of the road watching the house engulfed in flames while we talk about what color to paint the exterior. (What we do far too often in churches.)
- Preparing too many messages and various presentations without nurturing my heart and mind. (Like dipping a gallon bucket into a dry creek bed. If it's dry--you are not going to get any water.)
More later. I think this is important. I write this not as one who has all of this figured out. Nope! I write this because I don't want the creek to dry up.