The Big-Mouthed God

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Social media allows us to talk more than generations past cared to. Both of my parents were the product of “The Silent Generation” and I grew up with the understanding that children and adults did not talk to each other. And when they did, it was in small increments and for an understood reason. There was a place for children and a place for parents but “never the twain shall meet.” I still don’t understand why that was considered common practice or even normal in many parts of the South.

There is certainly not much that separates us now, as we are able to connect through any number of social media outlets. Not only do most websites offer share buttons that allow us to give information to family members, friends, and followers but some of us are guilty of over-sharing. I won’t disclose any names here, as it would reveal my motive for keeping our communications brief. But, my eyes have sent more than a few SOS symbols when drowning in the stories of a chatty Cathy or Ken. “Please, come over and interrupt. Save me!”

On the outside, I am nodding my head. But, on the inside, I am thinking, “This is too much information. I don’t have an iCloud in my head for this so I’m going to have to delete most of what you’ve said.”

Still, cute stories about children and grandchildren, articles that we enjoyed, and quotes that we like aren’t saying much. To be sure, those stories have been told before and will be offered again to the next person who meets us. It is a routine conversation. While it may be an authentic expression of our personality or our present predicament, there are more things that are left unsaid, so many words left hanging in midair. This is especially true when it comes to our conversations with God.

We might think of God as the silent type and that there remains a separation between us. Or, worse still, we may believe that God is no longer speaking or would not talk to us. This is simply not true. Based on just the Old Testament, God spoke for thousands, even millions of years straight with no commercial breaks. And before creation, God talked to God’s Self.

Yes, God is chatty. In fact, God is long-winded; breathing on every living thing is proof of that (cf. Genesis 2.7; Job 33.4). God is not done creating because God is not done speaking. God has more to say, and more to say, to you and me. So, take a deep breath and talk back to the big-mouthed God.

smcneillReverend Starlette McNeill* is an associate pastor at Village Baptist Church in Bowie, Maryland and the Minister to Empower Congregations at the D.C. Baptist Convention. She writes on the social construct of race and the practice of faith at www.racelessgospel.com. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and Starbucks.

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