God, Can You Hear Me?

Sharp Rusty Barbed Wire by marieduval, on Pix-O-Sphere “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

What do you do when you feel like God doesn’t hear you? When your prayers fall on seemingly deaf ears?

I admit, I feel like we’re in one of those places right now. I’m in the middle of the vortex where there seems to be no answer and life is out of control. I know my sovereign God hears me but I don’t feel Him. I’m not seeing an answer and while I try not to live in worry, there are decisions swirling around that seem to have no clear direction.

I trust God. I know in the end I will look back and think, wow, God you amaze me. But in the midst of it, I struggle. What is the right decision? What do we do? How do we do it? Where are you Lord?

This is one of those seasons we all go through. The goal is to stay focused on the light, no matter how dark the days become. But take heart, this blog will continue to encourage. There’s going to be no pity party. We just keep exploring, learning, and plugging along. My hope isn’t in this world. Someday, we will live with rainbows and sunshine everyday and that’s what keeps me going.

Here are a few ideas to help you reconnect when God feels far away.

  • Pray. Be in constant prayer. Make the time for prayer. Get on your knees or fall on the floor, just do it. Create a prayer closet. Ask Him to reveal Himself.
  • Continue to read your bible. Keep pushing on. Satan wants you to give up. DO NOT DO IT. It will take you much longer to get back on track if you let satan get a foothold.
  • Write it out. I’m big on journaling. Sometimes we just need to say what we are feeling but we don’t want anyone to judge us. So write it down in a journal.
  • Fast. Fasting is far overlooked today. Study it. Go to biblegateway and type in that keyword and read about it. Then do it.
  • Media Fast. Yep, do it. Cut out the tv, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and secular music. Turn on some Christian tunes and let that fill your ears.
  • Get creative. Draw something, paint something, do something that helps take your mind off of what you’re feeling.
  • Read stories about missionaries. If ever there was encouragement in stories, these are them. Jesus Freaks is a great book about missionaries who stood before adversity for Christ. What could be more inspiring?

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,  though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. “Selah” Psalm 46:1-3

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. Psalm 55:22

I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me. Psalm120:1

How do you push on in the dark days when it seems God doesn’t hear you? What encourages you?

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Blessings,

Melsiggy

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12 Responses to God, Can You Hear Me?

  1. Sara H says:

    I just found your blog through the 25 top contest. I was drawn to it by the description. Hard to explain but I think I’ll find your posts helpful.

    As for this topic, it really is such a difficult time isn’t it? Those times when God seems silent. Recently I went through a brief period like that and while I was in the midst of it I heard the song Never Alone by Barlow Girl. It was good reminder to me that when God is “silent” he’s still there.

    Anyway, so glad to have found your blog. I look forward to reading more.

    Blessings to you.
    Sara H recently posted..Sunday- May 22- 2011

    • Melinda Todd says:

      Welcome Sara! Thanks, I love that song! I need to submerge myself in some Christian music. It always seems to make my day go smoother with the constant reminders of truth :)

  2. Judi C. says:

    Dear Mel,
    Thanks for the transparency. My husband & I are going through the same kind of season, and I too have been searching, exploring and plugging along. As we have been pushing through this, God helped me find Beth Moore’s book, Praying God’s Word. In it she says that the times she always prays God’s Word instead of her words is when the battle is LONG and HARD. Sounds like you’re there. We have been praying specific passages aloud as declarations, and after a while my emotions seem to catch up to my spiritual self.

    Help that is encouraging. Keep up the great blogging!

    • Melinda Todd says:

      Thank you Judi, I do have that book. Time to pull it out. Thanks for the reminder. Praying for you and your husband as well.

  3. Melody says:

    The biggest encouragement I have found is just going to His Word and to praise songs. The more I immerse myself, the less stress I tend to feel because of the constant reminder that He’s in control and there’s nothing that He can’t handle… in His timing. Then I think back to other situations in my life where God showed Himself strong on my behalf. Those are times when it could have been nothing but Him. As I write this, it almost sounds trite to my ears but it’s honestly what gets me through rough spots in life.
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  4. Honestly, I wasn’t even going to comment because I couldn’t think of anything to say. Then, the thought came in my head – “Mandisa’s new CD, STRONGER” Have you heard it? If not, I recommend that you RUN, not walk, to the place nearest you to get it. Every single song on that album is dead-on and very encouraging! Even the one called “Just Cry” – you have to hear it to understand what I’m talking about. Do you have it? If so, keep listening – you WILL BE STRONGER! :) :) :)
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    • Melinda Todd says:

      Thank you Kathryn! I have heard Mandisa’s stronger quite regularly. I’ll look for that one song too. Things are feeling better though we still don’t feel like we have an answer but we’ll get through it together, like we always have and do :) I appreciate your comment and thinking of me :)

  5. Ginger says:

    I’m there,too! Months ago, I started Beth Moore’s Believing God study, and I know God put me into it for this season. Daily I have to choose to believe His Word apart from what my eyes see or my heart feels.

    • Melinda Todd says:

      That’s a great study! Maybe I should pull it back out :) I have another one of her studies called Beautiful Mind” I think I’m going to put those dvds in. I’m feeling stronger, some days are just harder than others :)

  6. Leslie says:

    My comfort is even though I may not see or feel God. HE knows where I am and ‘It’s gonna be okay ‘Cause the Potter, He knows the clay ‘.

    Job 23:1-10 Then Job answered and said, Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning. Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat! I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me. Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me. There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge. Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

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