Therefore, If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
Death Valley, CA is one of the driest locations in North American. It is also one of the hottest places on earth with a record of 134 degrees in 1913. It averages a measly 2 inches of rain per year. Plants and animals have to work hard to survive in this dry, desolate area that appears void of life.
However in 2005, Death Valley experienced unusually heavy rains that dropped almost seven inches of rain during the fall and winter months. Suddenly, a miraculous transformation took place. A super bloom of wildflowers carpeted the dry desert floor – splashes of color filled the landscape.
This transformation has been dubbed the “100 Year Bloom.” Sir Ken Robinson, who was involved in the study of this miracle, stated, “This proves that Death Valley is not really dead, it’s just dormant. Right beneath the surface are these seeds of possibility waiting for the right condition.”
I think that inside many of us there exists an emotional and/or spiritual death valley. This is place where the seeds of God’s possibility for our lives lie dormant. For me, it was a desolate emotional and spiritual death valley.
A majority of my adult life was spent in a state of emotional numbness. After being devastatingly emotionally wounded by numerous people in my life, I decided that it would be easier to not feel anything. If I didn’t feel anything then no one could hurt me…ever again!
What I didn’t realize was that each time I shut down my feelings I was killing a part of my heart that made me human. The part that was compassionate, loving, kind, and selfless. I was creating my own internal death valley. What started out as a defense mechanism to protect myself, turned into an unhealthy behavior that prevented me from forming any type of attachment to others in relationships.
God’s seeds of relationship still dwelt in my heart, but I was blind to the possibility of them. I clung to my numbness. I was determined to keep all others far away – including God. I believe God knew that it was going to take some serious healing rain to get any emotional or spiritual wildflowers to bloom in the death valley of my heart.
Through inner healing at the Glennon House, He gently watered those seeds of relationship that lay dormant in my heart. He used a group of godly women, Prayer Ministers, and the staff at the Glennon House to water those seeds. Slowly, bloom by bloom, my heart began to come back to life. I learned to trust that God would put divine connections in my path. He had already picked the people He wanted me to be in relationship with – people who would build me up, not tear me down.
If you have experienced an emotional or spiritual death valley or are experiencing one now, I encourage you to stop by the Glennon House for prayer with one of trained Prayer Ministers. You have the seeds of possibility in your heart and God wants them to bloom into the life He has created for you.