Part of the inner world of everyone is this sense of emptiness, unease, incompleteness, and I believe that this in itself is a word from God, that this is the sound that God’s voice makes in a world that has explained him away. In such a world, I suspect that maybe God speaks to us most clearly through his silence, his absence, so that we know him best through our missing him.
Frederick Buechner, Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons, “Message in the Stars”
I once heard a Lutheran preacher say that unless we need Jesus, desperately need him, we can’t have him.
Maybe God doesn’t clothe us when we think we are already clothed; or maybe he does, but we don’t know it until we realize we have no clothes of our own.
Maybe God doesn’t speak to us until we realize we are speechless; or maybe he does, but we can’t hear through the nonsense of our own words.
Maybe, because we crucified him and continue to most days, the surest place to meet him is at the crux of our need; maybe there, only there, can we hear what we truly long for – that God is ours and we are his.
Yes, if we can’t hear him anywhere else, we are sure to hear his voice there, at our deepest need – if we’re willing.