Often, in the midst of life’s big decisions and heartache people wonder, Where is God in all this? Why isn’t He showing up and telling me what to do? Why isn’t He doing anything to fix it?
I agree that it’s hard to believe, let alone tangibly experience, that God is active and moving both in the world and in your personal life.
I very, very strongly believe, however, that God IS present in each of our lives. That he sees and knows and experiences our pain and agony and indecision right along with us. I also believe he has the power, the desire, and the ability to help.
So why do so many people feel God is absent or ambivalent in the midst of their hardest, most painful, most confusing life circumstances?
My theory is this: we expect God to act while we refuse. When our indecision and fear prevent us from moving towards healing and reconciliation, God’s hands are tied.
On the contrary, when we decide to move, to act, to try something (anything) to make our situation better (or at the very least different) we free God up to do the same (only He’s much better at it!).
When we move, He moves. Just like that.
And God is capable of transforming even our weakest attempts into powerfully redemptive work. I guess what I’m saying is, it’s frustrating for me to see people stuck in pain and ambivalent towards God presence when they aren’t doing their part. God wants to do something. He can do something. But we need to take the first step, a single step.
Whatever it is that’s causing you pain, or angst, or heartache right now, push aside your fear and find the resolve to do something about it. And even if it fails, I wholeheartedly believe a simple “move it” on your part will give God the space He so desires to work in your life.