Why then you ask do we not always sense His presence or hear from Him? Again, and this is only what I feel He has shared with me, it is because as we mature, He wants us to seek Him more. It is like a parent with a child. When your baby is first born, you are ever present, and they know it. They see you, they sense you, and they know you are always there. However, as they mature in life, you step back a bit at a time to allow them to grow. More times than not, you only step forth when they are seeking you.
It is the same with God. He has matured me and now He steps back and waits. He is never out of reach, but at times, He seems out of sight. He is waiting for me to call out to Him. He is waiting for me to seek Him because I desire Him and not because I am taking for granted that He is always there. It is during the dry seasons of my life that I grow because He is stretching me.
I shared once about dew. A professor taught how dew is manifested. His student wanted to know did it come from the ground or from the skies. The answer was neither. Dew is always here but we do not always see it. The elements need to be just right for us to physically to see dew. It is the same with God. He is always here; however, if we want to feel closer to Him, to sense His presence, to hear His instructions, we must make sure the elements are right. God is so anxious to show Himself, and it is when you pray … when you enter His courts with thanksgiving in your heart … when you are praising Him through song … that you make the elements conducive so He feels so close you can sense His breath upon your skin.
As I was pondering all of this while chatting with God on this rainy Sunday, He brought to my attention something I have seen or heard several times over the past week. On more than one occasion … either on Facebook, in conversation, or in something I have read … I have heard the phrase, “they only call me when they need something.” I remember seeing a statement on Facebook once that said sort of the same, but it ended with the fact that we should feel honored that people only call us when they are in need because it means we are important to them and they have faith that we are the ones who can assist them. This sounds all fine and dandy, but it still hurts to know that your family, your friends, or whoever only reach out to you when they are in need. It makes you feel used, alone, and it hurts.
As I am thinking this and wondering why God was sharing this with me, He basically said, “Seriously, you have to wonder where I am going with this?” This is when my second “WOW” moment of the day set in.
Now before I go any further, let me say that when I share that God spoke to me, I am not meaning I heard His audible voice. We hear God through many ways and means. Though we do not hear His audible voice, we know it is God speaking to us. I have only heard the audible voice of God one time in my life and it was almost 20 years ago. I have prayed for it many times since then, but naught!
Anyway, returning to what I was sharing about people reaching out only when they need something, God said, “Janet, isn’t this what people do to me all the time? They only call out to me when in need. They only pray during emergencies. They put me in a little box, place me on a shelf, and pull me out when they are in need. This too hurts me.”
He certainly hit the nail on the head. More times than not, we call out to God only when we are in need or when a loved one is in need. It is no different for Him then when people do this to us. The only difference is that He continues to love us. He doesn’t go on Facebook and advertise how badly we hurt Him. He doesn’t not answer the phone when we do finally reach out with pure hearts. He doesn’t hold a grudge against us. He doesn’t do anything but continue to love us and forgive us. AND, He tries to meet our needs according to His will no matter when it is that we call out. Do you think we should do the same?
God bless, and have a wonderful day!