Every Thursday afternoon we highlight the writing of J. D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham. This week we point you to J. D.’s thoughts on feeling (or not feeling) God’s presence and what to do about it.
Here’s an excerpt of the post:
If you think being filled by the Holy Spirit means an endless series of miracles, burning bushes, still, small voices, warm fuzzies, and sensations of peace that pass all understanding, then you are going to be disappointed.
The greatest (and most honest) saints have always confessed that they had to walk through many valleys with no sense of God’s presence. Sometimes they nearly went deaf from the heavenly silence. Often they stumbled helplessly in what felt like total darkness. C. S. Lewis wrote that during one of the most painful times of his life, he cried out to God and got:
“…a door slammed in [my] face, and a sound of bolting and double bolting on the inside. After that, silence. You may as well turn away. The longer you wait, the more emphatic the silence will become.” [C. S. Lewis, A Grief Observed (San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1961), 17.]
Somehow, these honest words seldom make it into anyone’s list of “favorite C. S. Lewis quotes.”