“If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” —Habakkuk 2:3, NLT
As I drove my daughter who has Down syndrome to an appointment, she listened to her favorite radio station with her headphones. Before long, she huffed and began to thump on her radio.
“What’s wrong?” I asked.
She gave no reply but continued to thump her radio in frustration.
“What’s wrong? Isn’t your radio working?”
“How long has it not been working?”
“Did it work yesterday?”
“Did it work the day before?”
“Did you wear your headphones at work anyway?”
My heart broke.
After my daughter’s appointment, I stopped at the store for batteries, replaced the old ones in her radio, and drove her to work. When I left, she had on her headset and was working to the beat of the music again. As I climbed behind the wheel of my car, God whispered, “She didn’t hear anything, but she kept on listening. You should too.”
Once again, my daughter was the teacher, and I was the student. Staying in tune with God can be difficult, especially when we don’t hear anything. Sometimes, God is silent. During those times, the temptation to change channels is great. We want to remedy the situation ourselves. Search in other directions. Fill the dead air with the sound of our own voice, the voices of others, or simply “thump” in frustration.
Although the words of the above text may not be ones we want to hear, they do give us much-needed insight.
- Keep watch.
- Remain steadfast.
- Live in expectancy.
God will speak. He won’t remain silent forever. Although he may not rush in with his answer as quickly as I supplied the batteries for my daughter’s radio, his timing is perfect.
So don’t grow weary and lose heart. Keep on listening. God’s words will come, and you’ll dance to the their rhythm once more.
Now it’s your turn. What is one way you press through times of God’s silence?
I always welcome your comments.