God's Phone Number - Poem by Jim Schooley
Recently I asked myself, 'what if I could call up God and talk to him on the phone? '
So what if God had a phone number, would you be disappointed if it was a land line? Would you get up an entire list of grievances, in case he decided to block your calls in the future?
I had been in a particularly crummy funk and had a bone to pick on my recent bad luck. None of this was my fault, there was only one explanation to me, God had been messing with my life, and I thought he needed to hear what I thought about that. I began picking my points like I would in preparation to call a customer service line. The thought crossed my mind that God would have a screen-er to filter out the riff raff. Would I be on the riff raff list? I did a google, no such number there, but others like myself were, all asking, what is God's number? 'Unlisted? ' I thought.
After some consideration I began to rethink the point of having God's number. If we are made in his image, and what so ever you do on to another you do onto Him, you will always find God picking up the phone when you call. Your job, is to know what it is you need to say to God when someone answers. Will you make heavy breathing when God answers? Should you text God a dirty joke, or a picture that is obscene? How will you respond if the other party wants to sell you something you don't need? I don't know exactly when God will be directly involved in any one of my phone calls, but it may be assumed that He is involved with all of them. I might want us all to play it safe and treat our phone conversations as though God is at least, listening in.
I hope that you might consider that He is well aware of what it is you need today and that he expects you to get up and get it for yourself. Maybe you would consider calling to say nice job, good to hear you, or thanks for doing even the smallest thing for me. Try saying, 'what a nice day you have given me.' Or, suppose you could, instead of making a list of needs and disappointments on God's phone, consider listing all the things for which you are grateful. Chances are most of them were not things you had coming, but just landed in your lap. I think some gratitude will not get you a hang up from the other end.
There is probably not a phone number you could call where God will not answer.
So now that you know how to talk to God, what did you need to tell him?
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