I’ve now come to truly know that God is never far away. He is always speaking and He is always near to those who choose to be near Him and hear Him. Those times when I thought God had forsaken me, I only had to evaluate my priorities. You do know that what you put first orders everything else! I haven’t always put God first. When I should’ve been on my knees thanking Him for His grace and mercy I was checking email or sitting in front of the television. When I could’ve been witnessing to the unsaved, I wasn’t readily available. I believe a lot of people have this misconception that they just get saved, die, go to heaven and that’s when heaven begins. I hate to bend your “Holy Halo” but this notion is ridiculous. Think about it! Jesus died so we could have heaven here on earth right now. What I’m saying is He died so we could live not just with Him in heaven but right here where all hell is breaking loose. Sometimes it’s just so murky in my head that I can’t discern God’s quiet voice. It’s noisy due to continued interferences I’ve allowed to compete and eventually take up residence in my spirit. God always hears us. We don’t always hear Him when the cares of this world clog our ears. It’s like trying to talk on a cell phone while driving. You can’t do both simultaneously without some degree of difficulty. One will always suffer because it lacks your complete attention. It’s as simple as the difference between hearing and listening. Hearing is simply the act of perceiving sound by the ear. Listening on the other hand, requires conscious thought and concentration and it leads to learning. Most people tend to be "hard of listening" rather than "hard of hearing."
When the clamor gets to be unbearable I know I have to get to a quiet place. This means taking myself out of the world for weeks at a time. Its okay to unplug yourself from the chaotic power source called life and simply recharge. God doesn’t scream at the top of His lungs to get our attention. He speaks to us through gentle whispers with a voice as soft as a warm summer breeze. It should make you feel special to know that someone, THE ONE longs to hear you, to be near you 24/7. Heaven longs for us without conditions or prerequisites. Come apart before you come apart! When heaven seems far away maybe this is a signal to you that you need to get away.