When Life Feels Desolate and Barren
Have you ever looked within and saw emptiness? Looked ahead and saw nothing- a desert? Looked behind at what you once thought was mundane and now see it as possibly the best time you’ll ever have?
You’ve probably been told before to “live in the moment”, but what exactly does that look like? What if the “moment” you’re living in feels bland? How do you rectify that? Are we to just let the bland be bland- to succumb to the blandness? If so, does living in it determine our day to day happiness? If you were to experience some sort of spurt of flavor, how would you return to the bland? With disdain or some sort of new-found appreciation.
Imagine yourself in your version of a perfect day. Maybe that looks like sleeping in, going to the beach, feeling the heat of the sun on your skin, making snow angels, or seeing a play. Perhaps the day you’re thinking of already happened and included someone specific. Have you tried to (re)create that day? Were you successful?
Ask yourself, how much of your happiness is circumstantial? Maybe I’d be happy if I had this job, or this person by my side. How about your success? If I just did this one thing, then maybe…
If you look ahead and can’t see anything without that perfect circumstance, then what will you do? Turn to dust in the barren land you see, or let natural vegetation thrive?
Faith is not seeing the blandness in front of you and thinking, “If only I had…” It’s seeing barrenness before you and knowing that just below the surface, there is vegetation waiting to grow. It is not dependent on the plot you have, the hands you hired, or the weather permitted. Rather, it grows because of its soil. A quality soil is the foundation for good product. A soil inspected for absolute pureness, praised for its assurance, and already paid for. At your disposal. Will you trust it? Or, will you over water it and over work it to fit your projected timeline?
Do not let anyone sabotage the vegetation given to you.
Trust that what you need to grow is provided to you.
The best product is founded in faith.
Look ahead and have faith in what has been promised to you.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
There will be a time when the seemingly dead plants will grow again.