Pastor’s Note: Can We Hear Him Calling?
When I was young and growing up in Ireland, I used to play ball in a lane at the back of our house. It is long way back from the kitchen of our house to the lane. So when dinner was ready, my mother would go out to the garage and shout, “Brendan, dinner is ready!” Sometimes my mother would have to come all the way into the lane and shout louder. If she had call me more than three times, she would get mad.
There was one occasion in which she came all the way out to the lane and called me for dinner but I was engrossed in the middle of playing a game of ball and I did not hear her. Actually, I did hear her but I was so engrossed in the game, I figured she would call again if dinner was really on the table. After it started to get dark, I began to feel hungry and eventually went in myself wondering why my mother did not call me again.
I got into the kitchen and there was my clean plate on the table with no food. I asked why nobody called me and quickly my mother retorted “I called you three times. In fact, I shouted at you from the lane. But you were too busy to notice. Now there is no food left for you so you will have to go to bed hungry.” I pouted for a few minutes pleading for some food, any food. But there was none given. I went to bed hungry! After that night, I attuned my hearing to my mother’s voice and when she called I came running the first time!
Christ calls us to follow him each and every day in ordinary ways. However, we are often so busy enjoying the “game of our life” that we genuinely do not hear his voice. Fortunately for us, he keeps calling our name to follow him. There are times that we ignore his call figuring he will call us again when “dinner is really ready.”
What if he did what my mother did and he gave up calling us? Then at the end of time we get to the table of the Lord and ask, “Why didn’t someone call us?” I suspect he will answer the same and say that he called us more than three times! He keeps shouting to us. Fortunately for us, God never gives up on us and keeps calling.
Unfortunately, we can easily become distracted with the many things of this life and not hear his voice calling. We need to learn to attune our hearing to the sound of his voice so when he calls we can come running. My hope is that the book we gave at Christmas will help us develop our relationship with God to recognize his voice and know his will for us. I know the beginning of the book is a little hard but, if need be, just skip through to chapter three and read from there. I really think it will help us attune our hearing.