"At the moment of my most profound need, God who had seemed always available to me, suddenly seemed distant and absent, as if he had slammed a door shut and double-bolted it from the inside." ~C.S. Lewis
We all go through times when we feel utterly alone and are certain God does not hear nor care about our situation. I’ve been there and it’s a miserable place to be because I know that’s not truth. There are several stories in the Bible where God reveals himself in His perfect timing but do not be deceived…He never left. God is always there – loving you and me.
Judson's mom, Christina, offers her insight as she blogs her testimony and expresses how she KNOWS God is present. Read on and be BLESSED!
There have been many times I've felt as though God is absent and my prayers are bouncing off the ceiling of our home, falling on deaf or distant ears. I've found myself on my knees in tears, desperately hollering to God through the still air of my bedroom, Are you there? Do you even exist? Do you hear me? Why don't you answer? Where are you? Have you abandoned me? I've grown weary in my prayers wondering why God seems so distant. David, who wrote many of the Psalms in the Bible expressed comparable feelings:
Why, Lord, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? (Psalm 10:1)
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish? (Psalm 22:1-2)
In the midst of his brokenness and pain David was desperate for God to intervene; instead, it felt as though God was absent.
So where is God when life hurts?
When Judson was sick and had become completely blind, I remember a time when he had been crying out in the middle of the night...so I rushed to his side, stroking his hair to comfort him. In time he settled. I continued to lie near him, just inches away, but no longer touching his frail body. Judson couldn't see me because of his blindness. And although I was right there-with him in every way-Judson began to cry out again, afraid I had left him alone once more. Judson’s inability to see, because of his suffering, kept him from recognizing I was totally near, face-to-face, fully present and caring for him.
Like Judson's illness, our pain can blind us to God's presence. We think He is absent and has left us, but He is, in fact, right there with us, face-to-face, present in every way.
Judson's instinct was to cry out, letting me know he needed my presence, and he trusted I would come. David, the psalmist, did the same.
“But you, Lord, do not be far from me;
You are my strength; come quickly to help me.”
When God seems absent, He wants us to call out to Him like David did, similar to the way Judson cried out for me. And just as I reached out my hand to comfort my son, letting him know I was near, God will assure us of His presence too.
Be encouraged, be joyful, be inspired knowing God IS near. Let His love shine upon your face like the warm sunshine. Be gripped by God’s greatness! Amen.