When visiting my daughter in London, I loved seeing these iconic, red telephone boxes as they are called in Britain, peppered throughout the city. They, along with the red buses, stood out against the often grey dreary landscape. With the dawn of cell phones, I doubt that anyone can or will call from one now, except to go in to block out the street noise while talking on their cell. As they are slowly disappearing, the ones that remain are a vibrant reminder of sheltered conversations of days gone by.
In their heyday, they were a symbol of connection – a place one could go to call home, get help or needed information. One could go inside and block out the noise of the world around them and engage in conversation with another. I remember using phone booths when I was younger. They were a welcomed sight on a night when my car broke down, and I needed to call for help, when in town and needed to call home for a ride home, or lost and needed directions. They were a sign of relief in the midst of a storm.
Now when I see a picture of a phone booth, I am also reminded that God wants to talk to us. HE is our refuge in the midst of life’s adversities and wants us to “Call Home” for help, encouragement, and connection with Him.
I’ve heard many say that they don’t feel they can talk to God. My dad felt that way until his latter years when he discovered that he did not have to go through a priest or pastor to talk to God, but could speak directly to Him. And God heard him.
“I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears.”
2 Kings 20:5
Then there are those who have told me they don’t know HOW to talk (pray) to God. They feel they have to use lofty language or specific “religious” words to properly connect with Him. I encourage them just to talk to Him like they would a trusted best friend. There are no set words or style required. In fact, I often think that can get in the way. God wants to hear your heart. He created you and loves and knows you better than anyone else, so you can be “real” with Him.
When life brings great trials and calamities, it is especially important to talk to God. He is like the beacon of the red phone box on a stormy night, offering shelter, connection and relief from all our woes. It is through our connection with Him that we will find wise counsel, help, and deliverance from troubles.
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation,
be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds
in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
I love this promise that when I trust God, seek His guidance and help in everything through prayer and with gratitude, that HIS peace will then fill me keeping my heart and mind at ease. I have experienced this many times. As I ran to Him and poured out my worries and fears to Him, trusting that HE knew best in the situation, He then filled me with His peace. It wasn’t something I could manufacture.
Remember to “Call Home” often! Keep the line of communication flowing between you and God, and rest in knowing He hears you, cares about you, and wants you to be at peace in every situation.
For His Glory,
In my last blog post, “Summer Love,” I wrote about getting to know the Lord more intimately this summer. One way to do that is to talk to Him on a regular basis. And since any close relationship involves good communication, it’s a two-way street. We need to talk to God, but we also need to hear from Him. Next blog post, I’ll share about “voice recognition” and hearing from God.