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Keep lines of communication open


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The phone rang several times, then, “What’s wrong?” the voice at the other end responded.

That’s a strange greeting, I thought; no “hello,” or “Hi, how are you?”

“Nothing’s wrong,” I said. “Why would you think something’s wrong?”

“I don’t know; I just thought maybe something was wrong,” I was told.

Odd, I thought. We finished our conversation and I went about my day, but the conversation kept returning to my thoughts.

Is that how it is when we call you, my Abba? Do you automatically think, “What’s wrong?”

Do we only reach out to you in our times of trial or need?

You do tell us to come to you in our need, and that you will help us.

“And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me” (Psalm 50:15).

In 1 Peter 5:7, we are told, “Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

You tell us not to be afraid.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

We know you are there in our times of trial. But is that the only time we call upon you?

Because it’s not the only time we should.

You invite us to come to you in all circumstances in our lives.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18).

And we know that you hear and answer us!

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us whatever we ask we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15).

We are to “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

If we keep our lines of communication open, loving Lord, perhaps the response when we call won’t be, “What’s wrong?” but “Hello, child. How are you today?”

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