“Mark my words. This time I’m NOT sending him another text until he responds to my last fifteen! I mean, he totally ghosted me! Ugh. I thought our relationship was really going somewhere .. then poof silence for days. I tell myself, his phone must be dead or broken. He couldn’t be intentionally ignoring me! Wait…Could he be? Unbelievable. There’s the “Active in Messenger” green circle of TRUTH. #Fact he is definitely ignoring me!”
LOL. Okay, I know it’s a little dramatic but I’m going somewhere with this!
Haven’t We All Been Ghosted?
It doesn’t have to be a romantic relationship. Maybe it was by someone you thought you were closer with or desired to be at least. Brother, sister, friend, someone you care deeply about who seems to ignore your messages time and time again. Maybe you’ve poured out your heart in the form of rapid-fire texts and expressive bitmojis, days later only to receive cold, shallow one-word responses like, “maybe” or even worse a ONE LETTER response like, “k”!
I’ve experienced this a few times myself and I am not proud to say I’ve done it before…
Well ….even to God occasionally.
You see, one day as was wallowing in my self-pity baffled why no one was returning my messages. I had a thought. I wonder if this is what God feels like. I’d been so distracted with work and juggling a million things as a single mom, I was ignoring God. I wasn’t reading my Bible as much, making excuses to skip out on Bible studies, you get the picture. I could almost hear God say,
“Yeah, I get ghosted like this every day.”
A Little Communication Please!
As with any relationship we need open communication to grow. If we simply ignored anyone’s communication efforts day after day, we wouldn’t have much of a relationship after a while. We’d essentially communicate quite effectively, “What you have to say isn’t important to me or of any value.” Or, “I don’t understand what you mean, and I can’t be bothered to find out.” One would naturally grow weary, and stop sending message after lack of response for so long. Luckily God isn’t like that.
Maybe you feel like God has actually ghosted you. But that is the farthest from the truth.
He sent His children a very long Text, He poured out every fiber of His heart to them in it and some people haven’t even opened it yet despite them being “active” in spiritual chat. Yet some opened it and simply ignored it and never responded. Others received it but it challenged them so they blocked it… or maybe like me… life just got too busy to respond.
His “Text” of course is the Text of all time: Called The Bible.
God Gets Ghosted Too
We have to consider our relationship with God the same way we would any relationship, in desperate need of continuous communication to grow. How does God talk to you? Mostly, His Word, Preaching, His Church, prayer and the Holy Spirit. Those things connect us to God. If you ever want to hear from God just open the Bible, that’s His message to you. We also have to listen to that still small voice, we have to respond when convicted, we have to celebrate and send “TY” prayers of praise when He works in our lives! Imagine ghosting someone who constantly gives you gifts!
Friends I’ve done it, I’m just as guilty as the next person. We just can’t continue to Ghost God and experience that close abiding relationship we once had or maybe you desire.
Remember He’s only ever a “Text” away… We don’t ghost people we love and are committed to … so let’s not ghost God. The Bible is the only book that the Author is in love with the reader.