Cell Phones

Have you ever noticed when you are talking on a cell phone, and the sound quality becomes bad, we have an inclination to say, in an annoyed fashion, “You’re breaking up.” The other day I was talking with someone, and the signal kept going from good to bad to non-existent, and the person I was talking with kept saying, “You’re breaking up, I can’t hear you.”

I asked him at one point, “Where are you?”

He said, “I’m driving home.”

“And what kind of cell coverage do you have there?”

“It’s pretty bad. A lot of dropped calls.”

“So, might I suggest it’s not me who is breaking up. But you?”

“Yeah, I guess so. But why does that matter?”

“Because every time the signal gets bad, you get annoyed and tell me I am breaking up. I’m calling you from a land line, from the office. It’s you not me with the bad connection. It’s you. So stop talking as if there was something I could do about it.”

“Yeah, that makes sense. I’m sorry. I just get so annoyed. And I don’t know what to say.”

So I suggested, “How about I have bad coverage here?”

This whole conversation made me think of God. How often do we say, “I can’t hear you? You’re not being clear? I don’t know what you want me to do?” We think God’s communication is broken. But not really. We’re not listening. God is being clear. Here are few things I remind myself God tells us to do (google “Jesus’ commands” and you’ll find complete lists):

Repent-Matthew 4:17
Follow Me-Matthew 4:19
Rejoice-Matthew 5:12
Let Your Light Shine-Matthew 5:16
Honor God’s Law-Matthew 5:17-18
Be Reconciled-Matthew 5:24-25
Go the Second Mile-Matthew 5:38-42
Love Your Enemies-Matthew 5:44
Seek God’s Kingdom-Matthew 6:33
Judge Not-Matthew 7:1
Do Unto Others-Matthew 7:12
Fear Not-Matthew 10:26
Take My Yoke-Matthew 11:29
Beware of Covetousness-Luke 12:15
Forgive Offenders-Matthew 18:21-22
Bring in the Poor-Luke 14:12-14
Render to Caesar-Matthew 22:19-21
Love the Lord-Matthew 22:37-38
Love Your Neighbor-Matthew 22:39
Be Born Again-John 3:7
Watch and Pray-Matthew 26:41
Receive God’s Power-Luke 24:49
Make Disciples-Matthew 28:20

“Lord, your breaking up. I can’t hear you.”

I think the issue might be with the telecommunications company in which I am the supposed CEO.