Closer Than a Phone Call Away

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.

  • “… the Lord hears when I call to Him.” – Psalm 4:3
  • “… Lord, you hear my voice…” – Psalm 5:3
  • “You, Lord, hear…” – Psalm 10:17
  • “I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.” – Psalm 17:6
  • “… I called to the Lord… he heard my voice.” – Psalm 18:6
  • “I sought the Lord, and he answered me…” – Psalm 34:4
  • “…he turned to me and heard my cry.” – Psalm 40:1
  • “You who answer prayer…” – Psalm 65:2
  • “You answer us…” – Psalm 65:5
  • “But God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.” – Psalm 66:19
  • “The Lord hears the needy…” – Psalm 69:33
  • “… I call to you, because you answer me.” – Psalm 86:7
  • “I love the Lord, for he heard my voice…” – Psalm 116:1
  • “I call on the Lord … and he answers me.” – Psalm 120:1
  • “When I called, you answered me…” – Psalm 138:3
  • “The Lord is near to all who call on him…” – Psalm 145:18
  • “… he hears their cry…” – Psalm 145:19

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.

© 2020 Bridget A. Thomas


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17 Comments on “Closer Than a Phone Call Away

  1. Such a lovely message of comfort Bridget, to know that God is close to us and always hears us.
    What a beautiful story of your mum and Grandmum. My mum doesn’t stay close to me too and regular messages assures me that my mum and dad are doing fine.
    Blessings to you dear friend 😊💙

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    • Thank you, Manu! I am so glad you enjoyed the post. Yes, how amazing it is to know how close our Heavenly Father is, and He will never leave us nor forsake us! ❤️ My parents also live a good distance from me. So I understand what you mean. I am thankful for modern technology so we can stay in touch. Blessings to you too! 💕

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  2. What joy and hope your message brought today..and you provided solid proof as well. There is no question or doubt that we are never alone. What a loving Lord we have! Thank you, Bridget, for this beautiful reminder!

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    • Lorraine, I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed the post. I agree, we do have such a LOVING Father! When we praise Him and focus on His goodness, we see all the more how blessed we are! What joy this brings! God bless you, friend! 💚


  3. This story is way too sweet. Part way through I started crying. Such a good story and reminder, Bridget. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Aw, thanks, TIna! I agree, it is a sweet story. And it’s even sweeter to know how much more our Heavenly Father is always there for us, when we call on Him, and even when we don’t call on Him. There is no greater love! ❤️

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  4. What a sweet way to let your loved ones know you’re okay! I love the thought that we can call on God any time we want and He’ll always be there. He’s never going anywhere.

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  5. Beautiful message!! Love this idea and LOVE the reminder that the Lord is always available for us…that’s awesome all of the verse you cited ❤️

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    • Thank you so much! I am so glad you found the post to be encouraging. Yes, what a comfort it is to know that the Lord is always there. He longs to talk to us and for us to talk to Him. He has always wanted a personal relationship with each of us. Thinking about this makes me feel His love so much more! And I am glad you liked the list of verses! I really enjoyed that part too. What an impact it has when we see how often the Bible tells us that He is there for us! How can we ever doubt? ❤️

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