Friday, July 24, 2009

Can You Hear Me Now?

I always wondered about the other side of the conversation on those commercials. You know the ones I mean. The guy takes a step and says "Can you hear me now? Good." He keeps on doing that and we are given the impression that he has a cell phone signal everywhere from the bottom of the Grand Canyon to the top of Mount Katahdin.

What if this guy is just wandering around talking to himself? Does he realize that you have to wait for an answer from the other end of the phone? "Can you hear me now? Good. I'm stepping over here. Can you hear me now? Good. I'm stepping over there." In all reality the actor in that commercial probably is talking to himself. I don't think they would have bothered with making a real phone call for filming the commercial (even if they did have a cell signal in those locations).

And what if the other end of the conversation is "No... Are you there? You're breaking up. Hello? Hello? I'm losing you. Hello!?"

What if that's how we pray sometimes? We think we are making a phone call straight to God. The technology works, but we aren't listening to the other end of the conversation or we haven't bothered to dial the number. Perhaps we sometimes pretend to pray -- like an actor pretending to make a phone call.

What if sometimes we get so busy saying "Good. I'm stepping over there now..." that we don't stop to wait for God's end of the conversation. We don't pause. We forget to wait for the "Yes, my child." or the "No, I'm losing you, come back." Are we hearing, are we listening for His end of the conversation?

Our Father, who art in Heaven... Can you hear me now?


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