GOD IS NEVER SILENT
By: Pauline Lee
(I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Unfortunately I do not subscribe to Faithwriter's Private Messaging service)
I have been observing this middle-aged Indian woman in our church on many occasions in our Sunday worship service. She comes alone, sits at the back of the sanctuary hall, and leaves frantically when the service closes. Each time I turn to look at her during the sermon or worship, I notice she has a serious expression on her face. You will have noticed this breed of attendees that often do not participate in fellowship with other believers.
I wrote the first paragraph in present tense to make a general statement of this woman because the state of its condition has not changed since. A few weeks ago, she happened to pick the seat beside me. As soon as she sat down, I raised my right hand to shake hers. I smiled and said "Hello, God bless you". She returned my gesture with a gentle handshake and a shy smile, looking away as if she has been slight offended with my unexpected welcome note. When the service came to a close, I turned to her again and asked for her name. She told me that I was the first person in the church to befriend her and that she had kept her silence because people practically ignored her existence. There were instances I invited her for lunch or coffee. We would chat about anything and everything.
This experience has given me a fresh perspective to our daily communion with the Lord. If we want to hear from Him, it is important that we build our relationship on communicating with Him. Christians have told me that God never speaks to them. When they hear of my testimonies and how God speaks to me in my circumstances, they even thought I was mentally disturbed. What faith such as this do I see? They even asked me how God spoke that I could hear His voice. It is therefore important that we initiate our conversation with God that He might speak to us in more ways than one. And if our "hellos" are not genuine, silence and rebuke are consequences of our unfaithfulness. For did not Jesus say unto us "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7).