I remember several years ago when Mother Teresa’s private writings, “Come to My Light”, were released. I immediately bought her book and started reading it, and still pick it up from time to time. She has always been kind of a hero to me. Her selfless work with the poorest of the poor on the entire planet, in Calcutta, India totally impressed me, early on in my walk with the Lord.
Almost simultaneously the national media picked up on it and began their onslaught against her. They contended that she wasn’t the Christian that she was made out to be. And, the reason for their assumption was that much of her private writings were spent talking about the uncertainty of her life. She agonized more than a few times over whether or not God was even listening to her prayers. There were many ‘dark’, desolate times in her life when she felt alone and deserted.
Even though the media tried to make a mockery of her, her words brought some great encouragement to me, personally. I’ve been learning to walk with the Father for, now, 31 years and no one out there talks about the ‘dry’ times, the times that the Lord is silent, the times when we feel alone and deserted. Maybe it’s because it could be perceived as a sign of weakness. Truth is, we all go through those times and seasons. But to hear someone of the stature of Mother Teresa who sacrificed her entire life to help the helpless just says to me that, somehow, it’s God’s way. And maybe, just maybe, those times and seasons are not as rare as we might think, even to those who have an extreme devotion to the Lord.
Here’s the deal; He’s always with you! He’s promised, “I’ll never leave you, or forsake you”, And just because you can’t ‘feel’ His presence doesn’t mean He’s not there. Maybe the dry times are meant to cause us to ‘long’ for His presence.
Thank you, Mother Teresa!