One of the things that I have figured out about my son is that if he can’t see my face he assumes I am gone. I honestly can duck behind him and he will think I have left and if he is awake and fussy start to cry. What he hasn’t learned yet is that just because he can’t see me doesn’t me he isn’t there.
One of the hardest lessons to learn about God is that even in the times when we can’t see Him, He is still there. Even when it seems like God is silent He is still ever present. I have always been fascinated by the silent times of God in the Bible. I think about Mary and Martha waiting at the tomb of Lazarus or the disciples waiting for Sunday in the upper room. These are times when it must have seemed like God wasn’t there but in reality he was always right there with them. When we learn that God is with us in the good times and in the bad times, when we learn that God is present even if we can’t see him, that is when we will be able to walk through the fire to His rest on the other side.
I don’t know why, but sometimes God is silent. It is important to remember in those times that even though we can’t see Him, He is still right beside of us.