Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear.
-- Isaiah 65:24
When it comes to talking to God, we are rather like children approaching an overbearing yet kindly old man sitting behind a massive cherry-wood desk peering at us over half-glasses. We demurely state our request and wait in anticipation for a response. We are anxious for an answer, and at the same time fearful that the answer will not be what we want to hear.
One problem in our conversational pattern with God is that we think we need only converse with God when we need some kind of assistance. We do not find it as easy to talk with God as talking with a friend or colleague. We think God is so powerful and so busy that we can't possibly be worthy enough to have God's ear unless we're in real need. So we keep God on the edges of our lives as we attend to our normal comings and goings. Then when troubles arise, we spill them out in requests to God for help.
God is powerful and may even be busy, but God is also limitless and eternal. Beyond that, God is in love with us. Lovers talk together. Lovers hear what is unsaid. Lovers see what is invisible. Lovers wait until the other is ready to speak. Lovers share everything that simmers in the soul. Yes, God is in love with us. God is our lover. The question is whether or not we will be God's lover?
O God, my soul wants to speak, but I hesitate to bother you. Come in from the edges of my life and lovingly loose my tongue and my heart.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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