Stephen A. Peterson
In the spring of 2003, Todd received his notice that the company he had worked for 16 years could no longer use his services. Upon the receipt of the bad news, he became confused and did not know which way to turn. So he went to see Father Basil Keenan at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Seminole, Oklahoma. Pacing about the church rectory office, Todd ranted about having lost his job. Finally he clenched his fist then shouted at the top of his voice: “I’ve begged God to do something to help me Father. So why doesn’t God answer me? What is God’s problem? I do everything He told me to do now this has happened! What did I do wrong?”
Father Basil, who sat at his desk, said something in reply to the angry man. Something that Todd in his anger was unable to hear. Todd then walked across the rectory office standing only a few feet from the priest.
“What did you say, Father! I can’t hear a word that you said!”
Father Basil repeated himself but in a soft tone just above a whisper. So Todd moved closer until he was leaning on the priest’s desk.
“Sorry”, shouted Todd. “I still did not hear a single word that you said. Come on, Father, would speak up so I can hear what it is that you’re saying!”
Moving in closer still Todd was nearly in Father Basil’s face. Then Father Basil spoke one more time saying: “God sometimes whispers to us so that we will move closer to Him.”
This time the angry man heard and understood Father Basil’s point.
Many of us, like Todd, believe because we go to church, pray and read our Bibles that they are somehow free from pain, suffering and loss. And when the time comes for them to walk through the valley of difficulty, they rather than listen to God’s whisper, many rant, curse and swear striking out against God failing to listen to His whispers that holds, often times, their answer.
For most of us, nothing else seems to draw our attention to God’s whispers like difficulties-or cause us to give up on God completely. However, God’s whisper requires us to stop our angry fits and move close to Him until our head is bent in silence. And then and only then as one listens will the answer be heard and one will find themselves closer to God as a result
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