It’s been said that silence is golden.
But when quiet rains down from heaven, it can leave us feeling anything but bright and shiny. When we are after answers, concrete plans, and solid direction, dull white noise isn’t the least bit reassuring.
I’ve experienced moments when, while I knew God was on His throne, my life felt forgotten. These wilderness paths can be daunting and leave us weary, dry—broken even.
But God reigns. In our weakness, He is made strong. It is that strength that calls us forward, faith filled step-by-step, pressing through the unknown and towards the promise that He is working on our behalf. He is working. We don’t need to feel Him in order for that to be true.
He is working.
The God who finely tunes the universe, spins the earth around the sun, and plants each star in the sky, moves in our small lives. We often try to squash Him down into our tiny places, don’t we?
But His plans are bigger, His ways higher, and His love deeper and wider than anything we know.
While we feel lost in the vastness of our trials, worries, and burdens, the King and Creator Himself leans in to whisper, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God.” (Isaiah 43:2-3 NLT)
He is ours.
For us. With us. Before and behind us.
God can only protect us from the deep and the difficult because He is so close. The fire cannot consume us because He is present to extinguish it. He has gone through the water before us and gauged its depth. He knows precisely what is ahead and will not lead us where He hasn’t already made a way.
And when weakness and exhaustion make the path ahead seem impossible, He waits on shore to carry us forward on His shoulders.
This is our God. His silence doesn’t mean absence, only well-placed stillness as He prepares us for the journey ahead.
Lean in close. Listen. He is moving. And when the wonder feels like it might consume you and you crave a glimpse of what is up ahead, go ahead, cry out “Why?” God can handle your questions. He knows what you long to ask.
Rest assured that His answer was, is, and always will be, “Because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.” (Isaiah 43:4 NLT)
* Happy to be sharing this bit of encouragement today with the community of gals at the Five Minute Friday Snail Mail Party – we’re passing on the good news through the USPS in old-fashioned handwritten form.