Rental cars are interesting. My husband & I are in some kind of hybrid skateboard car thing & it’s kind of tricky to know if it’s on. It doesn’t “turn over” with the ignition like a normal car so my husband kept trying to turn the key & start the engine without realizing that it was already on.
Sometimes I think we treat God this way – are You there? I can’t feel, hear, see, smell touch You, so You must be absent. All the while, God is more than with us & totally engaged throughout our lives, no matter our recognition or lack of recognition.
Today, I was driving and having a God chat. We talked about some of my concerns and frustrations and I tried to not do all of the talking, but this is a tricky balance. Conversations that facilitate a deepening relationship go both ways – both parties listen and both talk, hopefully not at the same time. To get to know the other person in a relationship, we need to be present, attentive and available. In the same way, for the other person to get to know us, we need to be present, sincere and forthcoming.
We all have relationships where we play our cards really close to the vest – we don’t openly share about painful areas, hotspots or vulnerabilities. But if we are going to have a deepening relationship with God, then we need to put our cards on the table and equally listen, pay attention and value the feedback and input that God gives us, not only to solve problems but moreso for the purpose of connecting and attaching. God talk is a two-way street 🙂