July 14

Written by Bill Grandi on July 14th, 2020

I made a phone call the other day and ended up angrily hanging up. No, I wasn’t mad at the person on the other end. I didn’t get into a heated argument and rather than say something I would regret I hung up. No, it was more like” “Thank you for calling __________. To continue in English, press 1. If you know your party’s extension you may dial it at any time. Press 2 for technical support. Press 3 for directory. Press 4 for_______.” On and on it goes until you hear the words: “To hear this menu again, Press *.”  G-r-r-r-r. Clang!

How about Press # if you give up? Automated customer service. I call that AWOL. I want to talk to a real live person!!

Imagine if you will: “Thank you for calling God.  To continue in English, press 1.  For salvation, press 2. For a prayer for wisdom, press 3. For a prayer for financial help, press 4.”  On and on. Talk about frustrating! All I want to do is to talk to God and all I get is this annoying number system.

Aren’t you glad God doesn’t operate that way? I cannot even begin to tell you how frustrating that would be. I think I get upset with human customer service; I can’t imagine what it would be like with God’s unavailability. And there you have it-the dilemma. The crux of the matter. God says, “I’m here for you.” Psalm 121:4 tells us He neither sleeps nor slumbers. We are constantly being told about His Omniscience. He is everywhere…at all times…except when we need Him. Then we have to dial an automated prayer line. What kind of God is that? It’s called Absentee. It’s called AWOL. It’s called distant.

“Father, I’m glad I don’t have to deal with an automated call line for an automated God. Thanks for being there and thanks for listening.”


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Yes, Amen, Abba! Thank You!!!

  2. Ed says:

    Amen! Thank you Lord!

  3. I detest those automated answering contraptions, too, Bill. So glad our Father is always available, and never keeps us on hold!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      So glad I’m not alone Martha. And I’m so glad the Father is always available.