Michael’s Monday Meditations


There was a time when communications lines, beginning with the telegraph, morphing into telephone, criss-crossed our nation in all directions. If you’re my age and older, anywhere you traveled in your car, these telegraph and telephone lines seemed to accompany every railroad track and every highway and bi-way. Crossarms filled with colorful insulators and laden with iron wire accompanied us on every journey, stretching for miles and miles, as far as the eye could see.

Today, those telegraph and telephone lines are mostly gone, except for electrical power distribution, as our communications have mostly gone wireless. Not many people today have a land-line connection as the cell phone has become the new way to communicate and young and old alike have embraced this new technology.

The other day, my wife shared a humorous story with me. She told me she has gotten into the habit of praying to our Lord Jesus each morning on her way to work. Most days, she is going to work when I’m completing my night shift and heading home and we make it a point to talk with each other as we travel in opposite directions. We both have the “bluetooth” feature in our cars which enable us to talk while we’re driving without holding on to a cell phone. When completing a call, Sandra uses the display feature on the screen on the console to hang up the phone. Well, the other day, she told me she had been praying, completed her time with The Lord, then pressed the display on the screen to hang up! We both had a good laugh over that, as we’re both a bit goofy at times.

Why do I share this story with you? While most times we conclude our conversations with friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers around us, there is one communication line that we, as believers, need to keep open at all times. And it’s wireless! That line is our communication with our Father in heaven. God desires us to be in relationship with Him each and every moment of each and every day as we live out our lives. He implores us to, as 1 Peter 5:7 states, “cast all your worries and cares on Him because He cares for you.” James 5:16 says, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” And God has promised all believers, in Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him and he with Me.” There are literally dozens, if not hundreds of verses of scripture that allude to this desire on God’s part to have relationship with mankind; not just any relationship, but one of intimacy. In fact the entire Bible, besides being about Jesus, is the story about how God pursues man in this great desire.

As a Jesus follower, I implore you, invite Jesus into every aspect of your life. Leave nothing untouched by Him. It is incredible what God will do and how much more full your life is if you keep that communication channel open with Jesus. And when communications are open, we are much less apt to be headstrong and fall short of God’s glory in sin, as we walk in trust and obedience to Him. It’s when we purposefully hang up the phone on God that we get into trouble. So Christian, once you establish this private line, keep the line open, and talk to God, and, dare I say it, listen as well? In fact, maybe listening more than speaking pleases God more than anything!

If you are not a Christian, won’t you make that “phone call” to our Lord and ask Him to save you? There’s no long-distance charge; in fact, you don’t have to even insert a dime or quarter into the God’s phone as God has the most incredible wireless system that’s been utilized for thousands of years. He loves you, friend, and He desires to come in and dine with you and you with Him. Won’t you make that call, the most important call you could ever make during your lifetime, today?

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Michael Swanson

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