Making a Call
I watched a video today that was a hoot. Two seventeen year old guys were given four minutes to make a call to a specific number. No problem, except that they had to use a rotary phone. Their attempts to dial a number on the rotary phone were creative, but alas they were unsuccessful. Today our phones have become an extension of our arms, and we can make a call from just about anywhere. Back in the day, in order to gain a bit of privacy, we would pull on that pigtail line until the thing was so stretched out it would stay straight when we returned the handset to the cradle. All of our phones were attached to a wall, which meant that when we left our homes, we always carried dimes (and then quarters) in case we needed to make a call. Of course, in order to make that call we had to find a phone booth, which was fairly easy back then. We rarely see a phone booth today, instead we see charging stations for all of our many devices. Even further back we had to send a telegram, a letter, or actually go visit someone when we wanted to speak to them. Visiting or calling guidelines included leaving calling cards, specific and designated hours with stringent guidelines. Calling on someone was difficult, but not impossible. Jeremiah 33:2-3 MSG “This is GOD ’s Message, the God who made earth, made it livable and lasting, known everywhere as GOD: ‘Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.'”
We never have, and we never will have to go to these lengths to call on God. ‘The furthest distance between us and God, is the distance between our knees and the floor’ as my Mom used to say. When we call out to God, there He is. We can sit and talk, we can quietly listen to the things He has to tell us, we can speak about our feelings, we can cry, we can laugh, we can ask for directions, or we can just sit in silence and be together. Whatever the topic, whatever the reason, God is there when we call. God is always there and Bonus! We can call God without a device of any kind.