29 Apr

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain :: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
–cs lewis

we often say that we can’t hear from God. we wish he spoke more clearly. was more present. sometimes our prayers feel like they’re launched towards a Divine silence.

we hardly even expect that we’ll hear a response.

could it be that one reason we don’t hear God’s voice is that we try so hard to avoid pain at any cost? could it be that God is trying to speak to us, yet we fill our lives with distractions that drown out his soft whispers, ignore our consciences and run from the very pain he is seeking to speak to us in?

in the midst of my own pain, i find myself clinging to what is most important. when i feel anguish, more often than not i am drawn to a place of desperation and find myself seeking God in a way that (though i hate to admit it) puts to shame the apathy with which i seek him in my comfort.

could it be that in pleasure, conscience and pain what God desires is to awaken and arouse what is my deepest desire and most passionate longing – for him?

it’s worth considering.

and perhaps worth embracing pain when it’s present instead of running the other way.


5 Responses to “ouch.”

  1. Carlynn Jurica April 29, 2012 at 4:29 PM #

    “Meaninglessness does not come from being weary of pain; meaninglessness comes from being weary of pleasure.” G. K. Chesterton

    Good thoughts, Michael.

    • the WayWard follower April 30, 2012 at 7:44 AM #

      excellent quote from chesterton. thanks for sharing, carly!

  2. gracetracer April 29, 2012 at 10:31 PM #

    Michael, you have this just right, I think.

    Tired, though. Wish to avoid the pain of a night with short sleep.

    So more tomorrow, I promise, really!

    • the WayWard follower April 30, 2012 at 7:44 AM #

      looking forward to your thoughts, as always, my friend.

      • gracetracer April 30, 2012 at 10:09 AM #

        Several times in my life I have been going along, swimmingly, I thought and then I have had everything or nearly so, stripped away. Several years ago when I was blind to my situation, my small ministry plunged toward oblivion. The results are not in and I am not at my “happy ending” (assuming such things exist in this life) but the entire direction of what I do has turned a corner. Because of pain, because God so got my attention when everything came down I am moving, I now believe, in the right direction. It seems we just never see the need for course correction until there is pain.

        If you look at the story in Acts, the church is busy enjoying themselves in Jerusalem until the trouble comes. And only then did they move on and out to Samaria and beyond. It seems as though pain — at least difficult times — is one of the primary ways God gets our attention when it is time to change, to move along.

        God bless! Trace

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