When God Seems Silent
God often seems silent during those times of our lives when we most need guidance. It may be because we’re so exhausted we’re not taking time to listen.
What Do You Do When God Is Silent?
· No one escapes it.
· It will happen to you at least once in your life.
· It’s scary, frightening and will make you wonder whether you will ever be the same.
· You may feel like you’re going crazy.
· It makes you wish for your old life, however difficult it may have been.
· You will think no one else has ever gone through this and survived.
· You wake up at 3 AM and panic sets in.
· You may not talk about it to anyone. Who would understand?
· You think there is something wrong with you. Why can’t you just turn things around?
What is “it?” Quite simply, your world has turned upside down. There may have been any number of things that pushed you into this crazy time…your boss announces you’re fired, your partner tells you they’re leaving, an accident alters your life in a significant way, or your child receives a frightening medical diagnosis.
Most of us have experienced something like this at least once in our lives. So what’s the first thing we do when something bad or difficult happens? Research done at Brandeis University indicates that 90% of us pray. Wendy Cadge, a sociologist who directed the research, said in an article in the Washington Times, “(Most people who pray) imagine a God who is accessible, listening, and a source of emotional and psychological support, who at least sometimes answers back.” (Italics mine.)
But what do you do if you’re in one of those “sometimes” that Cadge mentions? You’ve prayed — for money, a job, healing from an illness, a loved one’s recovery — and nothing happens. Where is God during those times? What do you do when God seems silent?
I had that happen to me several years ago. One of my books, Listen: Trusting Your Inner Voice in Times of Crisis, had just been published. I was out on the lecture circuit and giving seminars, scheduling lots of radio shows and interviews, traveling a great deal. It probably sounds exciting, but to be honest, I was exhausted.
I remember praying to God to bring peace back into my life. I wasn’t sleeping. I wasn’t eating well. I felt awful. What did I hear back? Nothing. Silence. I felt like I was in a dead zone. This was particularly painful to me because my book was all about paying attention to inner guidance and I wasn’t hearing any! All I knew was that I needed to rest.
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