We've all seen the commercial more than once-the one where the guy walks around with his cell phone, pausing every couple of steps to ask the question "Can you hear me now?" We are reminded that some companies go to a lot of trouble to keep their communication lines open. We have all experienced areas where cell phone communication breaks down, when we can't hear at all.
This week we continue our series in the book of Jonah. As we look at chapter 3, Jonah had tried to outrun God's cell coverage and ends up been swallowed by a great fish. After spending three days in the belly of the fish, God calls the fish to spit Jonah back up on dry ground. Now that God has Jonah's undivided attention God basically says, "Jonah, can you hear me now?" And now that God has his undivided attention God calls him a second time and tells him, "Go to Nineveh and proclaim the message I have given you!"
Stop for a moment and think about the effort God has made to communicate His unending love for us. His message is clear. He loves us and wants us to respond by living our lives in the truth-a truth that honors our Creator and loves and serves our fellow man. The problem is that we don't listen. We are too wrapped up in ourselves to notice His call.
In the majesty of the mountains, the splendor of the oceans, and the wonder of the skies as we witnessed this week, God reveals His power through His creation. "Can you hear me now?" He asks. In the eyes and faces of others, through family and friends, He reveals His love. "Can you hear me now?"
In the stories of His Word, the miracles, parables, and the lives of the named and unnamed disciples who left everything to follow Him, God calls out, "Can you hear me now?" In the quiet of our sanctuary, the Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts about priorities, about the direction for our lives, and about the purpose of our being. "Can you hear me now?" He asks.
Join us on Sunday as we seek to hear God's word for ourselves and look at the power of God's call and the power of words to impact and shape the lives of others around us.