The Dry Times

The dry times come, the plateaus in the curve of spiritual learning, the lean weeks and months. Then, as never before, do we come to recognize the preciousness of a life that is devoted to the principle in spite of all. It is in those times that we are schooled in patience. “There is a time to want as well as to abound while we are in this world. And the times of wanting, as well as abounding are greatly advantageous to us,” wrote Penington after he had known the most extreme worldly as well as inner privations. Von Hügel used to remind us of the way a desert traveler took a sandstorm. He would get his camel to lie down, lie down behind him, cover himself with his robe and quietly wait. When the storm had ceased, he would rise, shake out the blanket, mount the camel, and ride on. Holy obedience, devotion, calls for patience with ourselves as we move in the vocation, in the decision, keeping close to the root.

~ Douglas V. Steere

h/t Hay Quaker

3 comments on “The Dry Times

  1. DM says:

    that is an awesome word picture…waiting out the sandstorm. spiritually I am not at one of those dry times fortunately, but financially, very much so…we are in one of those extended seasons of extreme leanness. I saw it coming down the pipe as early as last Summer, Now we are at the point where we are looking @ selling our acreage, dropping health insurance, whacking our already minimal food budget even more. Hard choices none of which I want to make but I will. One of the good things in all this, is it has opened up lines of communication with my wife and drawn us closer together. I’m hoping this current financial sand storm has about run it’s course.


    • Bill says:

      Dang brother. Sorry you’re having to deal with that. I wish you blessings and peace as you work through it. It’s great that you have a good and supportive wife on your journey with you. May you both snuggle safely behind your camel, and may you both soon rise, shake out the blanket and carry on.


    • DM. I only know you as DM. But even so, your note here moves me.

      May you wake one morning in the next weeks and find you have found your way. will


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