When I was a child, my maternal grandparents lived over a thousand miles away. When I was very young, my grandfather passed away. My mother traveled to be with my grandmother and spent many months with her. Returning home worried my mother because basically she felt like she was leaving my grandmother all alone, far away from everyone.
So my mother and my grandmother started a new routine. Every single night, without fail, one of them (whoever got to it first) would ring the other one’s phone and hang up. Then the recipient of the initial ring would ring back and hang up. Some nights my grandmother might have rang our phone first and hung up. Then my mother rang back and hung up. If my mother thought about it first, she would ring my grandmother’s phone and hang up. Then my grandmother rang and hung up. If one of them felt like talking that night, then they would answer the phone, let the phone keep ringing, or maybe even call back. But the majority of nights, they just rang each other.
This went on for around fifteen years, until it was time for my grandmother to live with my mother. The ring each night was a message letting us know that my grandmother was safe, she was okay, and all was well. And it also gave my grandmother a way to connect with someone each evening, since she lived alone at the time. The ring of the phone provided a sense of comfort to both parties. The ring of the phone was all they needed to go to bed each night in peace.
We too can have comfort and peace every day and every night of our lives. We don’t have to ring someone like my mother and grandmother did. We can turn to Jesus. No matter how alone we might feel at times, we can feel connected to our Lord and Savior every single day. No matter what is weighing on our minds, we can rest assured knowing that He is there. We can connect with Him at any given time. When we have Jesus in our hearts, we don’t have to worry or fret because we know He is all we need. We don’t have to wait to see if He will ring back or answer the phone. He will always be there. And He always hears us when we call on Him.
Last week I talked about the importance of praising God. Something I have learned when praising God is that He always hears us. Sometimes it might feel as though God is not listening, but that is never true. Here are some Bible verses from the Psalms which assure us that He hears us when we call.
These are just a few promises found in the Bible, which tell us that God hears us, He is there when we call, and He answers us. If we cry out to Him, pray to Him, praise Him or even just whisper to Him – He always hears the voices of His children. And more than that, He answers. What a wonderful gift that is. So whatever you are facing today, take a moment to call on Him, in prayer and in praise.