"Can You Hear Me Now?"
"Hi, Lord! It's been a while since we talked! How are things up
(Cleared his throat)
"Mm, can you hear me? I just wanted to let you know I got saved!!
That's all. And that Daisy had her baby!"
And Quiet rampaged…
(Voice raised louder)
"Hey, can you hear me now?? I stopped doing all those bad, silly
Bleak Indifference loomed…
"Lord, can you hear me at all?? I need your help! I am in some
Mocking Stillness danced…
"Why won'tchu say something God? If you're disappointed in me or
upset over something, at least say THAT!"
Cold Shoulder given…
"Oh, Father, please say something…anything! I surrender!
(Hopeful tone) …Do you hear me NOW? Just a TAD?!?"
Oh, the Silent Treatment!
"I did everything that's right and expected! I TITHED, PRAYED,
WITNESSED, TESTIFIED, BEEN KIND TUH PEOPLE…EVERY-THING!!! And you
STILL won't answer me. (Lost and pleading) I ASK YOU, CAN YOU
HEAR ME NOW, LORD? CAN YOU?!?!"
He broke down and dropped to his knees, crying.
And then he heard someone clearing their own throat. It is
God said,"YOU'VE DONE EVERYTHING RIGHT AND EXPECTED,
YES.... BUT THAT'S NOT THE PROBLEM.
YOU SEE, I'VE BEENTRYINGTOGETYOURATTENTION A LONGTIMEAGO, BUTYOU
COULDN'T HEAR DUETOTHESOUNDOFYOUROWNVOICE,
ANDTHATMYFRIEND, WAS AMONOLOGUE!" (Laughter) "I
The man, finally quiet, really listened for the first time in a
long time. God teasingly
asked,"SO...CANYOUHEAR ME NOW?
CAN WE TALK?"
(Good-natured, humorous tone)
"Is that all right with you?!"
The man dumbly nodded assent.