“God’s silence is one of the most disconcerting experiences any of his children endure. We can persevere through just about anything so long as we sense the warmth of his presence and the reassuring comfort of his love. But courage melts and we are taken hostage by fear and hopelessness when God seems far away. . . . Sarah suffered God’s stony silence . . . Silence in response to her tears and pleadings for a child. Silence in the beautiful promises that never included her. Silence that only reinforced Sarah’s fears that God remembered Abraham, but had forgotten her.”
Joel Spector, artist
The silence of God is indeed the most disconcerting thing one of His children could ever face. Thank you for posting these.
Who did the artwork for these, by the way? They are beautiful!
The artist is Joel Spector. Zondervan hired him to do the interior artwork. Glad you like his work!
Read your book when it came out and think it is awesome. Just listened to the radio thing on Sarah and was really struck, like Kristen, by your comments on the silence of God. In particular, your confidence that it is in the silence, in the waiting, and the darkness of uncertainty that God often works, and has a purpose. That's hard to believe when you are in the middle of the howling silence, so to speak. And yet, the Bible shows a God who does work like that.
Just wanted to say thanks for the reminder. It is a sip of water in a dry and dusty land.