Have you ever prayed for an answer about something and it seemed that God was strangely quiet? I’ve had that happen to me while going through a difficult challenge in life, and I was left feeling alone and unsure of what direction to take. I knew according to God’s work that He would never leave me nor forsake me, but the silent treatment was a bit unsettling. The situation worked out fine, but I still wondered about not getting that answer in the thick of it all.
I recently recalled that experience with one of my sisters who is an elementary school teacher. What she shared with me was so profound that I had to write about it.
“I have to give tests to my students all the time,” she said. “This is the time for them to show what they’ve learned and what they understand. But once the test begins, I don’t talk to them.” WOW! No talking during the test.
“I’ll walk around the room and I know every one of them; I see every one of them,” she continued. ” I know the students who are strong in that subject, and they can make it through just fine. The ones that are having difficulty in the class or who may try to cheat, I pay close attention to and even stand right over them while they complete the test. I see some make simple mistakes or even choose the wrong answer, but I don’t intervene because THEY must take the test.”
This was such an eye-opener for me. There are times in life when I have to go through challenges that test my faith. And I may pray and sometimes not get an immediate answer because I have to apply what I’ve been taught…all under the watchful eye of my Heavenly Father. I have to endure and pass the test in order to grow both naturally and spiritually. If I don’t pass, I may have to take that test again….ugh!!
So the next time you feel like you’re getting the silent treatment when you pray, start brushing up on the Word and apply it to your situation. You may be pleasantly surprised at the outcome.
I think I’ve got it now. Another life lesson taught to me by my younger sister. Thanks girl!
As always, take care and enjoy the balance of your day.