“Are you there? Can you hear me?! Can you hear me now?” How many times have you held your phone to your ear and asked — okay, shouted, “Can you hear me?” Then, you shift positions; you move to a window, put the phone up to the other ear, speak even louder, “Can you hear me now?” If you’re like me, you’ve done that too many times to count! In fact, so many of us have had this happen that Verizon Wireless featured an actor uttering those very words over and over in their famous cell phone commercials. Remember that?
It’s frustrating to know you aren’t being heard when you speak, isn’t it? It drives me crazy when I’m talking to my husband just to hear him say, “Oh, what did you say?” Ugh. But, we are all guilty of that sometimes and it has nothing to do with phone reception. Lots of us hear but don’t listen, and the person trying to get our attention is silently asking, “Can you hear me, can you hear me now?”
Yes, it is just downright frustrating when you know someone can hear your voice, yet they just aren’t listening. But even worse than feeling frustrated is feeling distant or alone.
That is how I feel when I can’t hear or don’t really listen to God. I can feel distant from Him. I feel alone. But, I am not the one asking, “Can you hear me, can you hear me now?” God is. He is calling to me through His Word and I am not tuned in.
How about you? Do you think God is ever calling to you, “Can you hear me, can you hear me now?”