God loves His creation, but there are times that we may feel frustrated with God’s silence. During our lifetime, we may only experience God in the few and far between moments. This may cause us to ask, “Where is God during the in-between times?” or “Where is God during my distress?” or “Is God’s silence a sign of rejection?”
Henri Nouwen gives us a quote that may shed some light on this dilemma:
“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life
God loves His creation. I like to believe that God is always present. He may be silent, but his silence is speaking volumes of love as well.
Heavenly Father I pray for your divine presence to be felt. I pray that our fears and anxieties would begin to melt away as we focus our attention on Your presence that is filled with your grace, love, and peace.
© M. Keith Sartin, Jr.