No matter what you are going through in life, you are not going through it alone, even though it may seem like it. I can assure that our Heavenly Father is right alongside every step of the way. You may be familiar with the poem or framed verses that talk about the single and double sets of footprints in the sand. Where there is only one set of footprints, it has been said that this is where God carried you.
While that is a very comforting thought and it may be the case, I like to think of God more as walking alongside of us. Deuteronomy 31:6 assures us: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Yet, there are many times that we feel we cannot “hear” God or that we have been abandoned. This is true no matter how long you have walked with the Lord. Yet, I have come to find in these desert times, that the Lord is often using our perceived silence or distance to draw us closer. A common church sign says, “If God seems far away, who moved?”
We can all get too busy with life to take the time to slow down and just silently wait on the Lord. We live in such an instant gratification world that we can have the tendency to put a time clock on our prayer requests.
When we do this, not only are we missing out on the blessings that the Lord has for us, but we are also risking not seeing what He is doing in and through the silence. That quiet time may not only be to draw us closer, but to show us how to minister to another or force us to slow down to see someone in need that we may have missed otherwise.
As hard as it is, learn to cherish those quiet times. It will do your soul good and may just save anothers.