Sometimes I don’t hear my phone.
Sometimes I choose not to look when I receive a text.
This drives my family crazy, but I refuse to be tied to the thing. Especially when certain children text me from school (Aren’t you supposed to be doing something–like school work?) asking me to pick up sundry items while I’m at the grocery store. Really?
Thankfully, God is different. He doesn’t mind being on call 24/7, 60/60. When I call, He always picks up. When I shoot a quick text, His reply may not be immediate, but His attention is. I’m not just some random number. I’m in His contacts.
If so, He hears. He knows. From the toddler praying over a boo-boo to the mom praying over an undiagnosed lump, He hears. He cares. He’s picking up, even as we speak.
Talk to Him. His plan includes unlimited texts and minutes, free long distance, and no dead zones.
It’s the family plan, so call.
What are your thoughts when a random number appears on your phone versus a name you recognize?
Do you respond differently to the two? Do you think God’s response is different for one of His children versus one who is not a believer yet? (John 3:16, 2 Peter 3:9)
How about close contacts? Do you have a special ringtone for them? What would God’s ringtone for you sound like?
Does the fact that God’s response is not always immediate affect your belief of whether He is listening?
How can you and your family cultivate the habit of calling God first?