June 25, 2017
The parched ground will become a pool, and springs of water will satisfy the thirsty land. Isaiah 35:7
A mirage is a naturally occurring optical phenomenon in which light rays are bent to produce a displaced image of distant objects. Mirages are frequently seen in the dessert or at sea. If you have ever been traveling in a hot area, and in the distance, there appears to be water, but when you arrive, there is actually nothing, you have been the victim of a mirage. The optical phenomena can be frustrating, especially if you are incredibly thirsty. As you walk, you begin to get excited about what is in the distance, but with every step, the water seems further and further away.
There is a vast difference between a mirage and an oasis. A mirage gives the illusion of water without the reality of water. An oasis provides water and refuge. There are times in our life journey where we go through dry seasons, relationally and spiritually. During these times, there can be a lot of things that distract from our true calling and identity.
The complexity of a dry season leads us to experience mirages. As we journey on in hopes of seeing something that will bring satisfaction, the enemy begins to play tricks on us. The dry season can be a time when we try to find rest and refuge, but they remain allusive. You might be in a dry season right now.
Be confident in this: God is not a mirage. During a spiritual dry season, we are promised an oasis in the refreshment of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can bring a satisfaction to our lives that we’ve never experienced before. There may be areas in your life that look and feel like a parched ground. They seem so dry that no fruit could ever grow. However, there is a promise from God that the parched ground will become a pool. A dry season can be frustrating if we look toward a mirage instead of the oasis. Trust that God will satisfy the thirsty land. Your dry season will not last forever.