“Oh, hang on, just a second, I’ve got another call coming in… It’s a number I don’t recognize, I better take this.”
I am thankful that we live in a era of caller ID. However, it is completely against my army wife heart to ever ignore calls from “unknown numbers” or a random call from someone other than in my phonebook… especially when my beloved and I are separated by duty. I never know what time of day he might call, on what line and what the number looks might look like.
This is a double-edged sword. Every now and then, I will answer and it will be that voice I long to hear… “Hey Lover…” <eeeeee!!>
But on most occasions, it is someone with less than profound news. Or worse. A telemarketer.
I am not sure where the “Do Not Call” list went to, but I think I need it back for my cell phone. I admit, I don’t get too many rando “Let-me-sell-you-this-because-you-can’t-live-without-it-calls,” but it does happen.
You can almost always tell when it is someone trying to sell you something or REsell you something you recently cancelled. (AKA: our cable. We recently cancelled our cable, but for that company and they way they have called me back, you would think I did it “accidentally” and they are trying to save me from a life lacking expensive television shows I never watch.)
But I digress.
So yes, you can almost always guess once you answer how the call is going to go down. My personal fav is the one saying that I have won a cruise, but they start the conversation with the blowing of a ship horn in my ear. Really? Others take a few seconds to give themselves away. I can always tell by that three second pause while the computer is routing it to a real person, and that real person is trying to figure out how to say my name… “Is this… uh… Mrs… Uh… Share-I-DAaa K-now-blotch?”
Click. That was easy.
But sometimes it isn’t that easy. I start to listen. And to get out of this conversation that I didn’t want to be in to start with, I have to play the “heifer” card. “I AM NOT INTERESTED. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!” CLICK.
How many times do we fall into this same trap with our conversations with God? We can be talking away with Him, having a grand old time, really having a heart-to-heart… then we heart that distant “beep… beep…” ringing in our ear. Another call. It’s the Enemy.
Unfortunately, it is human nature for us to sometimes put our “call” with God and hold just to see what The Enemy wants. We don’t do it on purpose. It just kinda happens.
But the minute we start to listen to half-truth-lies of the The Enemy, we begin to start talking ABOUT God instead of TO God. Then, before we know it, we are buying the sales pitch hook, line and sinker.
So how do we avoid buying this pitch from the sneaky enemy? We ignore the call. We stay on the phone with God. The closer we are to Christ, in communion with Him, living in His presence, the less susceptible we will be to Satan’s call, messages and sale pitch.
When it comes to conversations with God, there is no such thing as call waiting. Stay on the phone with him and put the Enemy and his message permanently on the “Do Not Call” list.
God is #1 on my Speed Dial,
“All believers, come here and listen, let me tell you what God did for me. I called out to him with my mouth, my tongue shaped the sounds of music. If I had been cozy with evil, the Lord would never have listened. But he most surely did listen, he came onthe double when he heard my prayer. Blessed be God: he didn’t turn a deaf ear, he stayed with me, loyal in his love.” –Psalm 66:16-20