What is God’s Telephone Number?
By Joyce Pelletier
Jeremiah 33:2-3 This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it – the Lord is his name. “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
Simple! Call to me and I will answer! (The ‘Call to’ simply means, we don’t need a phone. He still hears us!) That’s what the Father says. I heard way back this question, “What is God’s telephone number?” Have you ever heard that before? I have heard it many times and in our culture of Cell Phones, we don’t need a phone, just the Bible.
I recall many nights of restlessness and no sleep. When I finally get up to break up the monotony, take out His Word and spend time reflecting, praying and then return to bed, and sleep comes. What a blessing! Every time, it works. It’s amazing how the Word at 3 in the morning, He knows what’s on my heart. His Words calms the storm going on inside of me, and next thing I know I’m waking up, refreshed with even just a couple of hours of sleep.
We hear this from many Christians. We come to realize when it happens to you, what a gift! “It’s Real!” How does God take care of all our needs? I am one, out of gazillions of people. Yet, he knows exactly where I am at and what I need and provides it when it fits into his plan.
I’m a thinker! I am comforted when God chooses to spend quality time with Him. When I focus on Him something wonderful happens. When I choose to focus on Him and not my fears or worries, peace is restored.
After service one Sunday, we decided to go to the Waterbury Flea Market. I let out a huge grumble and said to myself, “I don’t want to go! I despise driving where I’m not familiar with the roads and today’s traffic with aggressive drivers everywhere you go, it makes me less favorable to drive. I detest Interstate driving, as well.”
I got in the car and prayed, “God protect us on our journey.” As we drove along the state road, no need to get on the Interstate, it’s shorter to go on the state road. I started to notice on the road, greenery that is rare this time of year. Usually we have draught like weather, but not this year. It was a pleasant drive and I told Maurice, “Remember when we wanted to drive across America? Well, with my driving state roads and barely hitting the speed limit, we would really get to see the country with me driving.”
Somehow saying that I realized, the sermon I just heard a couple of hours before was all about focusing on God and not our challenges and struggles. Last week was a similar word. That it’s all about Worshiping God on our journey, instead of fretting every step of the way. It turned out to be a lovely journey and we were safe, because God is safe.I often realize that when I really grasp the message we get each week, a few things are going on here.
1. I need not fret!
2. I need to focus on God!
3. I know God is paying attention, because he often shows me where I am at, whether I like it or not.
4. Responding to such an amazing God, who knows my name, my heart, my fears, my woes, what more do I need to rely on.
5. Worshiping God brings back peace and joy and wonderment for such a God who loves me, NO MATTER WHAT! His Word tells us so. Our lives are inspired by the Holy Spirit. There is nothing more we need to know.
Matthew 6:33-34 “But, seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each days has enough trouble of its own.