I have read several blogs this morning.
I fall behind, then spend a chunk of time catching up. AND while I am catching up, what that entails is me bookmarking ones I want to read later, deleting those which I just don’t relate to by title, and every now and then stopping right where I am and reading a post on the spot because the title and intro are so compelling.
OK that is for WP.
For my personal email, I read them as they post daily. I receive very few to my personal email.
Anyway, a common theme today was “when God is silent” and “when God has left us alone.”
What I found myself thinking in those posts is “God doesn’t leave us alone.”
Now the authors of those posts eventually say the same thing OR they talk about how to hang in there until we feel God’s presence again.
I am confused.
I honestly never think that God leaves me: He is omnipresent so how can he.
God is silent most of the day every day — it is I who must reach out to Him — so how can I claim His sudden silence. (Or is it just that when I need it most it is not on demand?)
As I wrote in my post last week, I had a terrible argument but I don’t think God left the room. I don’t think God left me in the presence of someone and disappeared leaving me helpless and alone.
People get sick. REALLY sick. That can be genetics, a hard life, environment or many other earthly and natural causes….but God never left– He also didn’t cause it. AND yes !!!! He did NOT prevent it. But He didn’t prevent the Holocaust either. He doesn’t always insert Himself into our lives. We are not forsaken or less than if we do not receive a miracle. He has NOT left us.
God is not a vending machine.
We don’t get to say our wish, our prayer, and expect an answer to be clear.
This may be frustrating. It is frustrating.
But faith is believing He is always there. Even in the hours of the cross He was there. Jesus felt forsaken, it doesn’t mean he was. And we ALL get that on this side of the story. We just have trouble with that concept when it is our own story.
God does NOT abandon us. NEVER.
He is silent often, even in good times….we just don’t listen as hard then so we don’t expect instant comfort.
You are never alone. And that is true faith.
Until Next Time,