I dial the number, the ringing begins, and then… “Hello!  Mr. Leftagain is not available at the moment.  If you would care to leave a message he will return your call.  Wait for the tone; you will have thirty seconds to leave your name, number or message.  Thank you for calling.”

This is most interesting and most frustrating!  I dislike talking to machines as much as writing letters to computers.  More frustrating yet is to know that Mr. Leftagain may be in the immediate proximity of the machine listening to what I have to say and deciding whether or not he is going to quickly intercept my message and say: “Hello!  Ted…”  Then again, it may be a long distance call I have just wasted and when he returns it… (COLLECT), the price is doubled, thereby tripling the cost.

In the Epistle of 1 John, we discover numerous truths concerning “calling” to heaven on a direct “line” to our Father.  For instance, Chapter 1, verse 9, reads concerning our sin: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  Verse 1 of Chapter 2 guarantees our “Advocate” is on call, pleading our cause immediately.  In Chapter 5, verse 15, we read: “And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.”

When calling upon the Father, I do not wonder if He is going to return my call, if He is deciding whether to interrupt my message, or if it is going to cost me triple because I spoke with Him.  I have the assurance: “Call unto me, and I will answer thee…” (Jeremiah 33:3)

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