Today, there are people – including people you know, in your normal life – who are saying to God, “Where are you? Are you ignoring me? Why won’t you come through for me?”
They mumble these words under their breath, with teeth clenched. They feel like giving up.
And, today, you can be the answer to their prayers. When they wonder, “God, where are you?”, you can be God’s answer.
Find that person in your life. The one who’s hurting. Maybe their folks are getting divorced. Or maybe they are. Maybe their Mom is sick. Or maybe they are. Maybe their Dad is getting laid off. Or maybe they are.
Either way, call them up, and say the Holiest thing ever uttered: “Hey, my friend, can I buy you a cup of coffee?”
Go to the Starbucks or the Caribou or whatever, pony up the dough for a double mocha latte caramel Frappucino soy Americano (or whatever), and then sit down with them and ask, “How are you doing?”
Let them talk. Listen. Ask questions. Listen some more. Let them cry. Pass them the tissues. Listen some more. Ask more questions. Keep listening.
And, then, when they’re all talked out, say these words. “I’m so sorry stuff is tough right now. But I love you, and I believe in you. Now stand up and give me a great big hug and let’s pray for this situation.”
Tonight, when your friend goes to bed, they will have an answer to the question, “God, where are you?”
Because God was there. In the coffeeshop. In that conversation. Between the tears and the anger and the exhaustion and the discouragement and the despair. He was there. In that moment, where their friend bought them a drink and just listened, the almighty God of the Universe…He was there.
Jesus said, “Where two or more gather in my name, there I am among them.”
Be that answer. You have a friend that’s hurting, wondering where God is. Go pick up the phone, and answer that question.