If you’re a Christian, then you’ve been there: the desert, the time and season of life where it seems like you’re standing still while life is moving on without you. Life slows to a crawl and there is nothing but a deafening silence from God. Perhaps it’s a longing for a spouse that doesn’t ever seem to be materializing, or a marriage that wasn’t what you thought it would be. Maybe it’s a career that’s going nowhere quick or a sickness that’s lasting much longer than anyone ever expected. Because you can’t do anything else, you wait. Prayers seem to go unanswered and your patience starts to wear thin.
You know what the Bible says: wait on the Lord (Psalm 27:4). But it’s lot easier in theory than in practice. However you get there, the desert is an intense period of mental, emotional and spiritual testing. If you’re in a desert, here are seven steps to waiting on God without going crazy.