Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Communicating with God-a different perspective

She wakes up at 5.30am and does what is expected of every practising Christian.
However, she assumes that God is still asleep, so she feels obligated to wake him up with her sonorous voice.  She sings all the worship songs she knows (do not forget that she is a chorister).
After about twenty minutes of futile endurance, her roommate shifts noisily on the bed as a way of informing her that she is still trying to sleep. She notices but says within herself, “well you are not supposed to be sleeping by this time. I cannot please you and displease my God”. After exhausting all the songs she knows, she decides to have a quality chat with God. She fills the entire room with her words even though she knows that God is not hard of hearing. As for her poor roommate, she has no other alternative but to give up the quest of achieving a sound sleep, since the ‘alarm’ (which she did not set) cannot be turned off.

Majority of us will definitely pity 'the poor roommate' criticising the prayer warrior for being self-centered and inconsiderate. Before we become like the hypocrites who wanted to stone the adulterous woman, let me remind us that we cannot be completely exonerated from this infuriating act. Let me rephrase the above narrative.

(The guilty ones know themselves) When you wake up in the morning you sing worship songs, hymns, or praises and pray aloud even if it is still very early in the day and everyone else is asleep. *I experienced that in the university and experiencing it now, courtesy my sweet neighbor* 
For those who have gospel DVD’s, cassettes, or other electronic devices with gospel songs, you blast it, not minding whether or not you are invading the serenity of those around you. *I experienced that during NYSC* 
Even churches cannot be acquitted of this selfish act. A church in residential area holding its midweek vigil or early morning service would put the volume of its speakers (speakers inside the church premises but facing the outside world) to the maximum interfering with the quietness of the neighborhood. Surprisingly, you will not find more than fifteen members of the congregation present, sometimes just their nuclear family members. *I am experiencing that now* 
To you, you are communicating effectively with God, but to the other person (the victim), you are only producing unwanted sounds.

Communicating with God is absolutely necessary and mandatory but it should not constitute a source of disturbance to others. God knows the yearnings of your heart, so you do not need too many words to explain yourself to him; he confirmed this in Mt 6:8 “Do not be like them. Your Father already knows what you need before you ask him.” Although he also said that we should ask and we shall receive, that does not imply you speak on the top of your voice. You could either pray silently or go to a place where your voice would not bother anyone if you must pray aloud. This, he also confirmed in Mt 6:6 “But when you pray, go to your room, close the door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what you do in private, will reward you.”

Everybody loves and wants uninvaded tranquility. No one looks forward to being disturbed in anyway, especially when one is trying to get a decent sleep after a hectic day or while having a swell time in dreamland. Some people highly cherish that early morning sleep and you just destroy it for them. Why don’t you live in accordance with the aforementioned biblical quote or the golden rule “Do unto others as you want others to do unto you”. 

On a lighter note: Imagine you have been praying to God to reveal your future partner  to you and on this wonderful night you dream about this person. Just as you were about to see the face of this partner you have been searching for, you hear a voice from a loud speaker singing/shouting "We have come again 2x, father we have..."    Or 
You wake up to use the rest room in the middle of the night, only to find it hard to sleep again. The room is hot as there is no power supply and you heard one mosquito buzzing close to your ears. You are struggling to sleep and finally you drift away. Suddenly your heart skips a beat as you are brought back to reality by the aggressive sound of a pastor shouting "All enemies of progress, trying to delay my success, in the name of Jesus die! die! die!"         

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  1. Hahahahaha! Lol @ 'We have come again . . .' That song! As usual, you've reminded us of the things we get to live with everyday. Even Apostle Paul cautioned against making your brother stumble in the cause of your attempt to serve God. All things should be done in moderation! In advanced countries, there are laws prohibiting such social disturbances and sanctions are enforced on defaulters! May God help us all!

    1. Hmmm Geebee, I wonder when Nigeria will get there. God will help us!


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