It never occurred to me when I married Doug and moved away from home how I would never be able to call home without it being long distance again. Of course, today we don’t even think about long distance calling or how much it costs. But back in the 70’s I was very conscious of it .
We were just starting out in marriage and Doug was in Harding Graduate School of Religion in Memphis working on a Master’s degree. I enjoyed talking to mother and writing her letters as we tried to stay in touch often. I’m sure she missed me as much as I missed her.
I can no longer call that familiar 897-2788 telephone number and hear her sweet voice on the other end. Today I dialed it once again and though I expected to get another voice, the recorded voice said, “I’m sorry the number you have reached has been disconnected or is no longer in service.” I can’t call mama anymore but there is someone who knows where she is, what she is doing, and how she is doing. I can call Him anytime.
I remember in January 2014 the morning after mother went to heaven I woke up and said, “Well Lord, how is mother doing this morning? I know she is fine and that you are taking care of her now.” How comforting to know that she is in His care and no longer in mine after ten years of loving her in our home.
It gives me great joy to know that I can call my Lord at anytime and He will see and answer my prayer. He is:
Waiting – “Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Rev. 3:20).
Watching – Watch and pray, that you do not enter into temptation” (Matthew 26:41).
Longing – “Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy ladened
and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28).
Listening – “Ask and it shall be given unto you” (Matthew 7:7).
Concerned – “He cares” (1 Peter 5:7).
Happy to hear from me – “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).