This past week while getting ready for work one morning, Karen began to call out my name because she wanted to ask me a question. I heard her and before I could respond, she began again with “Bryan, I know you’re there”….and again, “Bryan, did you hear me…I know you’re there”…”answer me Bryan”. Now, to fully get the gist of this moment, you would have to know the story behind it for this has been an inside joke with us going on thirty-three years.
You see, before Karen and I got married, I had successfully became the owner of one too many credit cards due to the fact that I completely missed the part that one day I would certainly need to pay the balance owed on them. Yes, there for a short season, I had no problem saying like Kevin in the movie Home Alone, “Credit Card? You Got It!”. Everything was going great in my world until one day the creditors began calling me inquiring about when they could expect payment. There was one particular lady which would, shall I say, was more persistent in her demands that it got to the point where I just wouldn’t answer the phone. When the phone would ring and the answering machine would come on, she would follow up with the whole, “Bryan, I know you’re there” bit. Over and over she would repeat herself for somehow she knew I was on the other end ignoring her requests each time.
God also persistently calls each and every one of us to come to Him due to fact that He loves us too much to leave us where we are without Him in our lives. We often read about how “someone found God”; usually after a life event that caused them to evaluate things. But did you know that God pursues us? Because of His very nature – which is love – He seeks to have a relationship with us. He seeks to have this personal relationship with us so much, that He left heaven and came to earth to be born, live, die and rise again through His only Son Jesus, so that none would perish from this life.
Perhaps you yourself my friend have heard His voice before calling you home. Maybe even here recently, you’ve heard His call to surrender your life and give Him the chance to show you how much He loves you and wants to reveal great and mighty things to you in your life. Like me with the episodes with the creditors, you choose to ignore those calls and promptings when you hear His voice. Jesus said in Revelation 3:20, Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
My dear friend, please don’t let another day go by when you hear God’s call to come home; for Tomorrow may very well be too late.