As we are getting closer to the summer season, that time when the weather grows warmer and we see an increase in outdoor activities such as swimming, sports, barbeques and festivals, we also find that the heat can translate into drier temperatures.

It is during these drier times that some may experience a drought, what is generally considered a shortage, mainly of water.

It is also during these times that we find ourselves in an emotional and a spiritual drought. These droughts comes about when we are unable to spend time with friends and family, when we have experienced unspeakable hurt and don’t know who to turn to.

Making strides to get back to life as normal – or as close to it as possible – especially with the many different variants of COVID-19 that are still circulating, we have experienced emotional and spiritual droughts on an unprecedented level.

There are still churches that have not been able to open their doors to the community. Many have lost loved ones from natural causes, accidents as well as this pandemic, and they have no one to turn to.

It was in times like these that God gave these words to Solomon for us. In 2 Chronicles 7:14, the first commandment with a promise, we find these words: “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

It was after King Solomon had finished building the Temple, placing the Ark of the Covenant in the Temple, praying to God, and dedicating the Temple that God spoke those words.

It is because of these words that we know that what we are going through won’t last forever. God is always ready to step in and help us in times of trouble. He is ever ready to lift us up when we are down and to fill us when we are emotionally and spiritually depleted.

When we read these words, we find that God does not want us to go through droughts. It is because of our free will that we experience these droughts. God does not say that He “might” hear, forgive, and heal. These words say that He “will” hear, forgive, and heal if we humble ourselves, pray to Him, seek Him and turn from our wicked ways.

When you begin to experience a draining or an emptiness in your life, call on God through prayer. Earnestly seek God’s council and watch Him work in whatever it is that you are going through.

He promises that he will be there when you let go of your pride, seek Him through prayer, and stop doing those things that are not pleasing in His sight. God will not go back on His Word; you can take this promise to the bank.

Rev. Dr. Christopher L. Thompson is pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Okatie.