My friend always called me when she had a problem to work through. One morning, she had a particularly complicated problem that took some time to explain. I was listening intently, without interrupting her, in order to get an accurate sense of her concern.
Suddenly, she stopped and asked, “Are you there?”
“Yes,” I answered. “I’m listening.”
Reassured, she continued. Then, we talked until she felt her problem was resolved.
It occurred to me that sometimes we feel as if God is not listening or has forgotten about us. Like my friend, we ask, “Are you there?”
The answer is, yes. God is always with us, listening to us, caring about us, leading us through every situation. We need only to be still to listen for God’s voice.
Ecclesiastes 3:7 says that there is “a time to keep silence and a time to speak.” God listens and God speaks – sometimes directly to us inwardly, in our heart, mind or spirit. And, sometimes, God talks to us through other people.
–By Nancy White, Deacon, Harvest Barn Church
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