What You Can Do When Your Spiritual Life Is Lacking

You are in a desperate situation. You take your mobile phone and call your closest friend. You hear nothing from your mobile phone. Usually you would hear the other side ringing or a recorded message that the number you are calling is busy or out of coverage area with the request to try again later. But this time you hear nothing.

No Contact Whatsoever

You check your mobile phone. It is on alright. You wonder what has happened. Is the company providing your mobile phone service not in operation at this time? Or is there something wrong with your phone?

You are in a desperate situation and you need immediate help. Your closest friend cannot be reached. You try another number just to find out if your mobile phone is working alright and the company providing your mobile phone service is online. But the same thing happens with this other number. You hear nothing from your phone after you dial the number.

What do you do? You do not know what to do.

This situation is similar to that when you seem to have lost contact with God the Spirit. You pray. You call upon Him. But there is no sign that He is still there. You hear nothing. And you need Him most badly now. And you do not know what to do next.

Those who write about prayer tell us that God answers all prayers. The answer can be any of the three: Yes, or No, or Wait. But this time you do not even know if you can still contact this Spirit God. He is out of reach. You cannot hear anything from His side.

This is what is meant when you say that your spiritual life is lacking. You cannot contact God. You cannot seem to move spiritually. Your spiritual life is lacking this most essential requirement: contact with the Spirit God. You seem not to grow spiritually.

So, what do you do?

Fortunately in the spiritual life you can still do something, unlike in the case when your mobile phone does not seem to work. In the latter you will have to ask somebody if his or her mobile phone does work with this service provider that you have. But if you are in a desperate situation and alone, you may not be able to do anything but to pray and wait.

A similar option can be open when you seem to lose contact with God: pray and wait. But there are other options which you can take.

Go to the Sources of Inspiration

The first is to go to the sources of your spiritual life. This is like going to the company that provides service to your mobile phone. Go to the Scriptures, whatever they are and read them. If you are a Christian, read the Bible slowly. If you are a Muslim, read the Qur’an attentively. If you are a Buddhist, read the Tripitaka with care. If you are a Hindu, read the Bhavagad Gita with concentration. Just read. Do not care yet to talk to your God, but listen to the words, to the whispering of your God. He may contact you soon.

Imagine Scenes of Inspiration

This may not work. You may need a picture visible before your very eyes or in your imagination. If you are a Christian recall the image of Jesus dying on the Cross for you. If you are a Muslim, recall the flight of the Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him) from Mecca to Medina, the turning point in Islam. If you are a Buddhist you can recall the picture of Siddhartha Gautama sitting under a pipal tree or Bodhi tree, waiting for enlightenment. Then from this image in your mind you may feel again the Spirit communicating with you, as He has communicated with these persons in your imagination.

The Desert Experience

But this may not also work. Then you need the desert experience, going into solitude, whether in an actual desert or just in the quiet of your own home and just wait. It may take years before your spiritual life moves again, but you may not be able to do anything else but this. Moses waited for 40 years in the desert of Midian before he heard God calling him from the burning bush. Jesus himself waited in the desert for 40 days before he began preaching, teaching and curing people.

You may just have to sit up late at night when you are the only one awake and just wait for the Spirit to move you, to speak to you.

Who knows, the reason why you seem not to be able to contact your God is because your God is trying to quiet you so that He can really contact you and talk with you. This is the moment when your spiritual life lives again, moves again, and carries you to more exciting places in your life. If you are too busy looking for your God, He knows that you cannot find Him in the busyness of your looking for Him. Only in quiet and solitude shall we really encounter our God.

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