This devotional really hit home with me right now. Perhaps it will with others. I'd like to share it. From: Come to Zion Ministries News Letter / June 23, 2004 <hr> "This is from a daily devotional that a friend of mine sends out. It has two parts. Part 1 will be today and part 2 will be tomorrow. Job 30:20 CEV "I Beg God For Help, But There Is No Answer." When God is silent (1) The Word For You Today Ever feel your prayers were falling on deaf ears? If you have then you can relate when Job says, "I beg for help, but there is no answer" or,"Where is God....the one who gives songs in the night?" (Job 35:10 NLT). Some days it feels like God's moved house and left no forwarding address! So what does it mean when He doesn't respond? What's He up to? Here are some lessons you only learn from His silence: (1) Silence isn't absence! David said, " I can never escape from your spirit! I can never get away from your presence!" (Ps 139:7 NLT). You have to be very secure with somebody just to sit quietly with them. Silence takes the emphasis off words and builds an intimacy where they're no longer necessary. If you want to be that comfortable around God, then learn to enter into the silence with Him. (2) Silence tests your trust level! How much trust is actually involved if somebody's coaching your every step? It's like a parent running alongside a child who's learning to ride a bike. Right now the child lacks confidence, but he's going to look strange at 50 if his dad's still trotting along side him! At some point God takes His hand off the wheel to see how far you've progressed - and for a while it'll be a wobbly ride! However, it demonstrates how far you've come and where you're placing your trust."