ARE YOU LISTENING, GOD?
“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord,
O Lord hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
To my cry for mercy. Psalm 130:1-2 (NIV)
In an insightful book on Prayer, Pierre Wolf deals with the question some of us have expressed or thought while waiting for our prayers to be answered, “Is God Deaf?”* This question is not only confounded adults, even children echo doubts. In a delightful book the authors published actual letters written by young children to God. ** Here are a few examples:
“Dear God, Thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a pony.”
“Dear God, How come You did all those miracles in the olden days and don’t do any now?’
Sometimes we attempt to bargain with God much like in this child’s letter: “Dear God, if You give me a genie lamp like Aladdin’s, I will give you anything you want except my money or my chess set.”
How could God resist such a deal? Is God slow as well as deaf? St. Matthew provides insight into our queries: “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then, thought you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him?” Matthew 6:9-11 (NIV) Are we asking for snakes rather than that is good for us? God not only listens but He decides.
*Is God Deaf? By Pierre Wolff, Cowley Publications, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1991
** Children’s Letters to God by Stuart Hample and Eric Marshall, Workman Publishing, New York, 1991