Do you remember that advertising campaign that was so popular a few years ago? The bespectacled man walked around with his cell phone searching for a spot where he could get good reception, all the while saying, “Can you hear me now?” The man in the commercial had trouble communicating. I can relate.
My cell phone service is fine. The problem is my phone is not ringing enough. At least, not as much as I would like.
You see, I long to communicate more with my grown offspring. They text little snippets of conversation from time to time but, I would really like to hear their voices. I would like to hear the nuances of excitement, frustration, happiness, or worry you don’t get from a text message.
The dilemma is that I don’t want to have to tell them. I want them to communicate with me simply because they want to; not because I nagged them or because they feel obligated or duty-bound. They are interesting people and I’m curious about their lives. Besides, I’m their mom and I love them. I wish they would get that and respond accordingly.
As I stewed over this, it occurred to me that perhaps God feels the same way. We are his beloved children and He desires to communicate with us. I would imagine that He wants us to come to Him because we love Him, not because it is something we feel obligated to do — another box to check off in our proverbial to-do list. I think he wants more than for us to just squeeze Him in with a spare minute or two between tasks.
No, I believe He wants us to slow down, sit a spell and pour out our hearts to Him. He’s God, so He knows what’s troubling us or making us joyful, the things for which we are thankful. But, He wants to hear it from us.
Kind of like my two. I know they love me as I love them. It would just be nice to hear from them a little more often.
I know that will probably come in time. While I am waiting, I will make a better effort to spend more time in deep conversation with God. After all, if that’s what I want from my children, how much more does my Abba, Father desire that from me?