When All We Hear from God is Silence by Diane Markins
I wanted to link to a page about a book by a woman whose name I believe is Kellie Lane, and her book title is “When God is Silent,” but I couldn’t find anything on her or her book – she was interviewed on “The 700 Club” this past week.
(Edit: I did find (Link): this page about her. She was in three abusive marriages, divorced all three, and prayed to God to send her a new spouse, which she later got.)
I did find this:
(Link): When All We Hear from God is Silence by D Markins
It happens to every single person alive, even to those whom theretofore hadn’t prayed – a time of desperation or longing when we cry out to God, “Fix this. Change this. Heal this.” And we hear nothing in response.
What does it mean when God is silent in the face of our anguished pleas? Does it mean He doesn’t care, or worse, He doesn’t even exist?
I’ve experienced the quiet echoes of prayers unanswered. When my mother lay in her hospital bed unconscious, doctors explained that her brain was dead and she’d never wake up. I begged God to prove them wrong. She never again responded to my voice or looked into my eyes and soon slipped away from this world permanently while God was silent.
… There can be various reasons for God’s silence. Perhaps He’s spoken often in the past and we didn’t pay attention. Perhaps He wants us to pursue a difficult path without easing the load to gain strength and stamina. Maybe He’s teaching us that we have to trust Him even unto death of a loved one or even our own.
… Christians are quick to share stories of answered prayers and feel-good miracles, but not so verbal about times when pain and strife persisted in spite of faithful prayer.
These stories are just as important because the outcome for those who remain faithful is still victory.
God will eventually let His presence be felt and His voice be heard again when the waiting is over. Only He knows why and when. What we do know is that He is suffering along with us, even in His silence.
If you are hearing echoes of your own prayers right now, don’t lose faith. Be encouraged that even in His silence God stands with you. He is teaching you, refining you and making you more grace-filled. Be assured that some day you will have a story to share of answered prayer, because the silence isn’t permanent. It’s only a pause
(Link): How to Deal with Unanswered Prayers via Pastor Bil Cornelius
(Link): Christian Viewer Expresses Disappointment in God, Wants To Know Why, In Spite of Years of Service, God is Not Helping Him
(Link): Joanne The Widow Lady Wants to Know Why God Didn’t Answer Her Prayer to Keep her Husband With Her
(Link): Are You Stuck in the “I’ll Feel Better When” Cycle? by Diana Hill, phD