Today my daughter called with the funniest story about our six year old grandson. It was time for bed and Luke was obviously troubled about something. Upon further questioning and prodding from his mother Luke reluctantly spilled the beans. "Mommy, I am worried about my morning papers tomorrow. I sometimes don't finish them in time." His mother replied that he should relax and take his time. She suggested he pray and ask the Lord to help him because the Lord knows that he needed to complete his papers. Just the hearing of that caused great alarm in Luke. He quickly replied, "Mommy, you don't understand that won't work. My teacher says, "no talking!" We laughed and laughed at his response. He didn't think he could talk to the Lord about his work at school because the teacher said they could not talk in class. Of course, my daughter corrected his faulty thinking and told him how he could call out silently to the Lord and the Lord would, indeed, hear him.
When I was in school, 105 years ago, well not literally speaking but close, I got in trouble a lot for talking. I was always so interested in the stories of my friends. I just couldn't seem to wait until recess or lunch to hear the details of their lives. I loved hearing about their adventures, their problems and their joy when something wonderful happened to them or their family. So I spent a lot of time writing about talking. I don't know something like, "I will not talk in class" or "I will pay attention when the teacher is talking", you know things like that. (Now all these years later it is still hard for me to sum up in just a few sentences my thoughts, to my editors chagrin, WHAT! and live out all these wonderful details!
Are you talking? I mean, not in class but to the Lord? Have you felt so discouraged so much so that you stopped talking? Did you misunderstand the rules about no talking? Did you think it applied to your situation. Maybe you just thought there wasn't somebody to talk to or who would listen. Oh, precious friend that is such a lie from the pit of hell! You know what I have found recently is there is a lot of precious people out there who have been wounded and just stopped believing that even the Lord can do anything about their situation.
People have wounded our hearts or events have taken place we never expected and the Lord, who once seemed so close, now seems far away and yelling from a distance, "No talking!" My sweet friends, that is not the Lord's voice you are hearing. He wants you to keep TALKING. He wants to hear every detail of your life. He wants to rejoice over you and wants you to bring your fears, problems and doubts to Him.
Perhaps this is a time He is building the character of Christ in us. Maybe the silence and the trials we are experiencing is for our good and not to destroy our dreams but to refine them so they will bring glory and honor to Him. Maybe, just maybe, this time it isn't about us but about Him and His purpose for our lives.
Are you talking? He longs to hear your voice today, sweet one.
Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come t us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.