The music is playing to the radio world, it’s 4:00 AM Wednesday. I’m alone in the radio broadcast studio, Studio A. I’m talking out loud to God. I’m one hour past the middle of my radio shift. I’m telling the Lord I’m tired and want to go home.
The studio phone’s red light flashed, letting me know there was an incoming call. The call interrupted my conversation with God. I entertained not answering it, but I did.
Immediately the caller said, “Hi Lee, this is Jim. Listen, do you think God talks to us?”
I’m awake. I answered, “Well, I guess God tries to.”
“Yeah, ‘cause I’ve been up all night, and it’s the strangest thing, but I got this impression God has been talking to me.”
GOD KNOWS HOW TO TALK, HAVE YOU LEARNED HOW TO LISTEN?
This made sense to me. I said, “OK, that sounds right.”
(I surmised Jim wasn’t off his meds, as other callers have been. He seemed sane and reasonable).
COULD THIS HAPPEN TO YOU?
“Right, but I’m kinda nervous about saying anything to anybody. But hey, I can’t help it, this is real!”
I listened close, trying to discern if my first impression of Jim needed revising. I wondered, “Has it been helpful?”
“Oh, man, let me tell you in nanoseconds I’m getting feedback for my questions.”
“Lee, I’m telling you, it’s wonderful, but somewhat overwhelming, too.”
I processed what Jim said and said, “I hear you.”
“I mean, no way do I want God to quit talking.”
ARE YOU WILLING TO HEAR?
I understood. “No, of course you don’t. It appears God has your attention.”
(I recalled that we are created in the image of God. For Christians, this means our spirit is connected to God’s Holy Spirit. God constantly interacts with us spiritually).
“So, Jim,” I asked, “is this a fresh experience for you?”
“Uh-huh, it is, and I just wanted to tell someone I figured wouldn’t think I’m crazy.”
GOD WANTS TO TALK TO YOU
I appreciated Jim’s confidence in me. “Thank you for calling.”
“Well, I thank you for hearing me out… love your show.” Jim hung up.
I have no idea where in the country Jim called from. It doesn’t matter, because someone heard what he said. Jim’s call refreshed me.
In your silence or chaos, or somewhere in between, God wants to talk with you.
God is talking to us all the time.
- Sometimes God whispers.
- Sometimes God shouts.
- Most of the time God speaks conversationally.
The challenge for me is to hear God regardless of the noise in my life.
The challenge is to stop doing what I am distracted by and listen.
The challenge is to pick out God’s voice and disregard other voices.
God talks all the time, but sometimes I fail to hear what God is saying.
How about you?
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