Have you ever been ghosted? Maybe it was the friend that one day stopped
answering your texts—all at once they just were gone! That living person is like a
ghost. “Ghosting—when someone cuts off all communication without
explanation—extends to all things, it seems. Most of us think about it in the
context of digital departure: a friend not responding to a text, or worse, a lover,
but it happens across all social circumstances and it’s tied to the way we view the
world” (Adam Popescu, “Why People Ghost—and How to Get Over It,” New York
Times, January 22, 2019, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/22/smarterliving/why-people-ghost-and-how-to-get-over-it.html).
Sometimes in our walk with God we may feel like he isn’t speaking to us. We’re
listening, and all we get is silence … like he ghosted us! The Bible tells stories of
people feeling like God wasn’t there. The psalmist says, “Hear my prayer, O
LORD; let my cry come to you! Do not hide your face from me in the day of my
distress! Incline your ear to me; answer me speedily in the day when I call”
(Psalms 102:1–2). Jesus spoke this verse from the cross, screaming out, “My
God, my God, why have you forsaken me” (Matthew 27:46).