Have you ever ended a conversation too soon?
One time I remember, back in 2004, I was at Office Max with my female half, and I bumped into the Pastor of a church in my town, whom I had met in December when my band performed at his church’s Christmas Special.
Since I was the church secretary for my church, I read most of the mail, including mail that he sent us from time to time. I started up a little conversation about it. Then, I was the one to say goodbye as me and my girl were about to checkout. Unfortunately, I saw that the Pastor was checking out too, at the only register open. What was I going to do? Walk up behind him, trying not to make eye contact, since we had already said “goodbye”? How awkward is that?!
If you already said “goodbye,” you can’t go the same direction when you depart. I knew that. So, I did the only thing I could do. I took my girlfriend and walked back into the office furniture section, keeping a keen eye on the Pastor, waiting for him to exit the store.
I mean, I’ve had my share of awkward experiences. Like standing in the line at Walmart and meeting up with a buddy you haven’t seen or talked to in a while.
So, you pretend like you care when he tells you the most boring story you’ve ever heard and, being at risk of having a tumor just spontaneously erupt on the side of your brain, you end the conversation as smoothly as possible hoping you make him feel awkward enough to just turn around and not say another thing. The only problem is, you still have to wait in line together! So, you just look at the ground or the roof, making sure that if he turns around to talk to you again, you aren’t making eye contact. And then, if by some random mistake, your eyes meet, you quickly give him the lip-press and nod and turn your head pretending you are extremely interested in that tube of Pomegranate Lip Balm. Whew! That was close.
I mean, that happens to me all the time.
I guess I’m not much of a people person.
I don’t like long conversations. I’m afraid of them enough that I often try to run when I see people I know at Walmart or whatever.
But, that can also bleed into my spiritual life. I Thessalonians 5 tells us to “Pray without ceasing” or to always be praying, always be talking to God.
And I don’t tend to do that. I’ll say my little prayer, ask my favor, beg forgiveness, or what have you, and then I say “Amen” and assume that God has hung up his phone as well.
But a conversation with God is not a phone call. It doesn’t being or end. He’s hearing every word, as if he is sitting right next to you. That’s what that verse is saying: You might as well talk to him all the time, because he’s right there anyway.
At the same time, having a habit of being in a constant conversation with God will help you avoid temptations when they arise, because your faith is already on your mind. (I know, easier said than done.)
More to the point: He WANTS you to talk to him. To ask for guidance, leadership, blessings. Ask and ye shall receive, right?
So, no need to feel awkward. Don’t be afraid. Just talk to him. And don’t end the conversation too soon. Or, you know… at all.
Matthew Coker is a Media Director at a church in his hometown, where he also is a leader at a Celebrate Recovery program. He’s a huge comic book nerd, Whovian, and Funko Pop Collector. Matthew and his wife live in New Mexico.