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Please Wait for the Next Available Operator

By: Dr. Skip Myers
web posted August 17, 2006
Edgefielddaily.com columnist

Everyone has to do something in order to provide for their families. Have you ever considered those who call us late at night from various companies trying to sign us up or sell us something are only doing their jobs? Before you hear me nominating myself for sainthood, let me assure you that there have been times where I have been anything but polite to these people who are simply trying to support themselves by working. The difficulty I have is with the growing presumptuousness of the companies they work for. 

The other night I picked up the phone and heard this statement, “Please hold for the next available operator.” What!!! You have to be kidding me. Not only are you calling my house at a late hour but now you expect me to hold on until someone can come and try to sell me something I don’t want! Now, don’t sit out there and judge me when you have done the same thing. I actually started to laugh just before I hung up the receiver. I don’t think hanging up on a machine is considered to be rude is it? I truly think being put on hold is just rude. Give me someone to talk to when I call or am called.

As I reflected upon this encounter, I knew there had to be a spiritual application somewhere in all of this. And sure enough there is. I get to work early enough to see the parade of cars taking children to the schools that surround the church. What I see are people in a hurry and stressed. There are parents hurriedly stuffing things into book bags while having that last morning argument with their children; there are women putting on makeup as they attempt to drive; men are jerking their heads from side to side seeing if the next lane over is moving faster.

Some of these are people I know who have a relationship with the Lord. This means that each of these folks woke up to a call from God. Think about the fact that each morning when we get up the Lord is there waiting for us. He’s been there all night and will be there all day. As our feet hit the ground, He “calls us” to let us know He is there. But instead of getting a response, I am afraid He hears, “Please wait for the next available free moment.” The God of the Universe wants to assure us of His presence and we put Him on hold! How different would our days be if we took just two minutes to kneel beside our beds and begin our day focused on Him?

No other book of the Bible reveals the character of God more than Psalms. I encourage you to take time to read through this book for the shear beauty of the portrait it paints of our Lord. The Psalms are also filled with assurance and practical advice for victorious living. Psalm 5:3 says this, In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.

If we will set our minds on God at the beginning of the day and allow our day to be ordered through His wisdom then we will not only “de-stress” but we will see Him working right before our eyes! We will anticipate His presence and know He is there. We will find ourselves concentrating on the bigger picture of His will and the little things will become little things. Let God hear your voice in the morning. Share with Him your desire to have your day ordered around His will and eagerly watch what He will do. The joy you will find by becoming a part of something bigger than a routine will amaze you. Just don’t put the Lord on hold. He deserves first consideration.

The best way to begin each day with the Lord is by beginning each week in His house. If church is a routine or habit it will not affect our lives.  If, on the other hand, we are there for the right reasons we can begin each week with a renewed sense of His presence. Psalm 5:7 says, But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house, at Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You. God will call you each day so don’t put Him on hold. Hear what He has to say.




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