C.S. Lewis said, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” (The Problem of Pain, 1940).
Many of us would never have recognized our need for God had it not been for the pain we were experiencing. It was that way for me. Even though I had accepted Jesus as my Savior as a child, and asked Him to come and live inside me, I did not yet understand how painful life could be. I understood a child’s pain, but had yet to discover a woman’s pain, or a mother’s pain. All of those pains laid before me as I totally trusted Jesus without question.
Then, as inevitably happens, the noise of the world began to drown out the voice of God’s Spirit. It grew harder and harder to hear The Spirit’s voice. At first I recognized the difficulty, but without coming back to Him, each succeeding time His voice grew dimmer and dimmer.
Then, because God is a God of unlimited grace, He allowed painful circumstances to enter my life. In essence, He said, “OK, have it your way.” But He did not leave me! I picture Him standing back, arms folded, brow furrowed, eyes fixed on His precious daughter to see what a mess she could make.
Each time I ran to the Arms of God, He sat me on His Lap, hugged me with His Arms, and rejoiced over me with songs (Zephaniah 3:17).
The Lord your God is with you,
He is might to save.
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.
There is nothing like hearing – with your spiritual ear – God rejoicing over you with singing! No emotion known to man can compare with it. I’m so thankful for the megaphone of God, followed by His singing over me. I know exactly how the prodigal son felt, and it feels good!
(c) 2009 April Lorier