Pete Greig recounts the scene from Narnia where Digory asks the Lion for the magic fruit, knowing it will cure his mother. There is a secret hope that the Lion will immediately say "yes", and a dreadful fear that he will "no". Instead, as Grieg reminds us, the Lion says neither.
He is silent...
Many of us will have had those times when there was neither a clear yes or no. There was silence. I recall a time some years ago when there were numerous people praying for our daughter, SJ. At one point I idly figured out (our minds turn to such things at such times) that there were people in over a dozen countries on 3 continents all praying for one particular person. It seems out prayers can, at times, hit the ceiling and bounce back down. There are times when we do not hear an answer. We may want to shout back: take your own advice - "say either yes or no", but say something, lest I be tempted to spit you out of my mouth.
It is the kind of struggle which we all to often keep to ourselves. Perhaps we will be accused of "not having enough faith", or "not praying persistently", or not doing it "the right way." If you have ever felt God was simply silent, well, you are not alone. This is a difficult topic, and as I make my way through the book, I hope that Greig offers something for us to hope on.
The weekend's reading:
God On Mute: Engaging The Silence Of Unanswered Prayer
Update: review now posted here.