The pastor, the psychologist, the psychiatrist often speak of communication. The prayer to God, the words to a spouse, the verbal venting of one’s frustration are all means of expressing our feelings. Communication takes many forms. The expected result is one of mutual understanding and resolution of one’s needs, or indeed the closest thing to it. The question is always: ‘how’?
Not long ago, at a local restaurant, I witnessed an elderly couple speak to each other without uttering a word. The look, the gesture, the slight movements of their bodies spoke silent volumes of their mutual affection and pleasure at being together and enjoying each other. I watched with admiration and wondered about my own ability to communicate as effectively as they did.
My thoughts began to drift away from them – to my own ability to communicate with my husband. What gestures, what words could convey my love as I sat across from him. Do I convey my feelings to the people I love most? I hope so…Either through words, a smile, a look, a hug…I want them to know I care. I think they do.
I thought: Do I always convey to my God and Savior the gratitude I feel in my heart for his forgiveness, the new life He gave me? my acknowledgement of His Holy Spirit empowering my life to live for Him? My thoughts~ do they drift as I silently voice my prayer? Do my words carry the conviction and love I feel? Are my words of praise and thanksgiving as rich as I want them to be?
God said: “Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear”. Isaiah.65: 24.
Psalm 34: 15 tells us; “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry”.
Isaiah 59 :1 reminds us that: “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save, nor his ear dull that it cannot hear:”
Isaiah 49: 16 I have inscribed your name on the palms of my hands……
What a wonderful privilege we have when we give our Lord the adoration and thanksgiving He so richly deserves! We are blessed upon accepting His invitation to come to Him. He will give rest to those of us who are burdened and heavy-laden. Paul tells us that He understands our distress because the Holy Spirit communicates to God, our groanings, our longings and all the words we cannot form. (Rom. 8;26-27) …We need not speak a word. Bowing before the Lord with our hearts opened to Him, He meets our needs – right then and there.
So, we learn that our communication with the Lord is spiritual. He knows our hearts; He knows our needs before we speak them. He waits, though, for us to come to Him/to ‘show-up’ as the modern expression goes ~ He wants to know that we choose to have a coversation with, a relationship with Him, the God of the universe in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
THANK YOU, LORD FOR HEARING US WHEN WE CALL ~ when we whisper and when we but long for you. Thank you for all that You have done for us and still want to do. We praise You, Lord for Your power and Your glory…Keep us in Your light and Your path till we see You face to face..
In Jesus’ name, Amen.