We’ve all asked it at one time or another – in fear or anger or desperation. With head spinning or heart broken we cry out, “Where are You, God? Maybe your daughter has taken a wrong turn or your marriage isn’t what it should be. Maybe you’re just tired of being tired. And not knowing what else to say or think it rises to the surface.
Where is He and why isn’t He doing something?
I’ve been there, more than once. I longed to see God; to hear Him; to know He was with me. At least I thought I did. I had convinced myself I wanted to have His input. But even as He whispered, I stumbled on. Even as He called my name and nudged my thoughts, I sat in turmoil. It seems almost impossible, looking back. How could I have pushed aside what I so desperately needed? And yet I did.
Led by emotions or distractions, we wander into dark valleys and up rocky cliffs. We wander away in our minds first, but soon our feet follow. We cry out again, “Where are You, God?” but don’t listen for or accept His reply. Instead, we look through eyes dark and miss His eyes of love. We ask for relief, but cling to the familiar.
All the while the Holy Spirit tries to remind us:
…Won’t He leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness
and go to search for the one that is lost until He finds it?”
Luke 15:4, NLT
The question isn’t, “Where are You, God?” but where are we? Where am I? Where are you? The struggle is never about you breaking through to God, but God breaking through to you. Through your fear or anger or pain. Through your misconception or misunderstanding or misinformation about Him. He has proven His love and faithfulness more times than you can remember, yet the unexpected or painful or tedious has a way of revealing where you still doubt.
It’s true: All roads don’t lead to God.
Yet He pursues you down whatever road
you’ve wandered and draws you to Himself.
This One who knows you by name sees your every question and struggle. He knows what your gut says before your prayers reach your mouth. He isn’t intimidated by the journey, but knows there will be pain with the joy and heartache with the celebration. He knows the way will get steep and distractions will tug on your soul. But He allows. He pursues. He draws. He loves. He heals. He leads.
His desire is for you to know Him, unwavering.
- To know He is for you.
- To know He is with you.
- To know He is faithful.
- To know He is the way Home.
If you find yourself asking, Where are You, God? — pause. Be still. Listen. Allow Him to turn your gaze back to hope. Receive the help He offers. He’s been there all along.