A drought is defined as a shortage of water over a prolonged period of time, and without water, things cannot grow. Droughts are a normal part of the climate cycle and can last for several months or years. A drought is not only a meteorological event, as believers we will go through seasons in our lives where it seems like nothing is growing.
What areas of your life are you currently experiencing a drought in? Are you single waiting for a relationship to materialize? Are you unemployed waiting for a professional opportunity? Are you in debt waiting for a financial breakthrough? Are you experiencing grief, worry and disappointment and waiting to feel whole again? Or have you already surrendered to the drought? Have you accepted your loneliness, frustrations, unbelief and sorrow as inevitable?
I imagine this is how the Widow at Zarephath felt, when in the midst of a drought, the Prophet Elijah asked her to bring him a piece of bread. She replied:
“As surely as the Lord your God lives, I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” - 1 Kings 17:12 NIV
This lady is not very different from you and me. During her season of drought, she has reached her wits’ end. During your season of angst, unbelief and dissatisfaction maybe you too have come to your end. Like the widow, maybe you do not see how things could possibly get better for you, but with God nothing is ever as it appears. He can use what little you have left to bless you.
Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”
- 1 Kings 17:13-14 NIV
She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So, there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah. – 1 Kings 17:15-16 NIV
Stop focusing on what it is and learn to trust God for what it can be.
- It is only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug, but it can be what sustains you through the drought.
- It is only a slingshot, but it can be a giant killer.
- It is only a stick, but it can be what parts the Red Sea.
- It is unemployment, but it can be entrepreneurship.
- It is separation, but it can be a freedom.
- It is grief, but it can be revival.
- It is a lie, but it can be what helps you discover God’s truth.
You see you as you are, but God sees you as what you can be. You may see yourself as unhappy, defeated and a failure, but God sees you as more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37)!
In your season of drought, exchange your dryness for the spring of life that can be found in Christ Jesus (John 4:14). If you bring what little you have to God, He can transform it to something more than you can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). Bring Him what little joy you have left. Bring Him what little hope you have left. Bring Him what little faith you have left, and He will make sure it is not depleted and never run dry.