Can you love someone you’ve never talked with? Sure! I loved each of my children before they were born. But let’s face it – that’s a special circumstance.
When you love someone, you naturally want to talk with them. Right? While dating, you spend your time together talking about everything and nothing. Hours disappear into the mist of conversations that fill your hearts and tell you the secrets of each other’s soul.
Then the relationship ages. You get comfortable with each other, and pretty soon you don’t crave endless hours of conversation the way you once did. Sometimes days pass without a meaningful conversation. How did it happen? When did sharing everything with each other come to an end?
Before you realize it, the two of you know so little about each other that starting a conversation is alien and uncomfortable. You have no idea what to say.
Sure, you remember his favorite flavor of ice cream, and he hasn’t forgotten your favorite burger topping.
The deep, meaningful, real conversations, though – the ones that pull you closer together? Without them, you find yourselves drifting further apart.
Can you still love the person you never talk to? Maybe, but it won’t be the rich fulfilling love that makes you a better person and drives you to make them feel special. Instead, it’ll be a shell of the real thing, a mere obligation.
So, if conversation is so vital to our relationships with each other, how much more important is it with our Heavenly Father?
If we never talk to God…what then?
He’s still going to know our heart. After all, He’s God! The question is, can we know His heart if we neither speak nor listen to Him? Can we skip talking to Him about all the important things in our lives – and still claim we have a tightly woven bond? Is it possible to understand His heart when we no longer take the time to listen to what He has to say to us?
You might still love Him, but again, it’ll be a shadow of what a relationship with Him could be, and you’ll be missing out on the depth and breadth of real joy that comes from having a close and personal friendship with God.
Conversation matters to relationships – with God, Great Aunt Winifred, and your significant other. In the midst of all the craziness around us, taking time out to talk to each other is how we keep our hearts close to one another.
Have a great week, and remember to have a meaningful conversation along the way.
WARNING: When you care about what a man says and listen to his every word while gazing attentively into his eyes, he may just find you breathlessly sexy.