I’ve been at a pastor’s convention this week. The other morning my roommate lost his cell phone so I loaned him mine, he dialed the number and from a dark corner of the roomed came a, “bzzzz … bzzz … bzzz!”
It wasn’t a bumblebee but the missing cell phone.
Somebody ought to find a way to do that for everything. With the tiny inexpensive computer chips that are available today why not put one in your car keys? Lose them? Dial 1234 and “buzzz!” There they are in the garbage disposal, just where your two-year old put them.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could dial 4321 and your missing sock would start buzzing under the bed? Or pacifiers? Why not pacifiers? If I had a nickel for every minute, every frustrating minute, I spent looking for pacifiers when our three were little, I would have already retired a rich man.
Pacifier lost? No problem, you just call it and it starts ringing. Or even better, what if you had it set up to play Beethoven’s Fifth symphony? You press a button and suddenly from under a chair you hear, “Dah, dah, dah dum! Dah, dah, dah, dum … dah dah dah dum, dah, etc.
And admit it. Wouldn’t it be funny to set off the pacifier while the little darling was chomping on it? My wife would have fussed at me but it would have been worth it. And it might help the sweet thing give it up quicker.
Or how about this? What if God had a “buzzer” in our heart and every time we got lost or strayed off the path: “ta da da dum!” or “buzzzzz!”
You know, I’m not sure that He doesn’t have something like that.
Prov. 1:22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
23 Repent at my rebuke!
Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
I will make known to you my teachings.
24 But since you refuse to listen when I call
and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,
25 since you disregard all my advice
and do not accept my rebuke,
26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you—
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
they will look for me but will not find me,
29 since they hated knowledge
and did not choose to fear the LORD. (NIV)
Are you slipping away from God? “Bzzzz! Ta, da, da, dum!” Listen.
And if you respond when He calls there’s a tremendous promise just for you:
“When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree. “I’ll turn things around for you. (Jeremiah 29:12-14, The Message)
If your heart’s “ringing” answer! Getting found is the best thing that can ever happen to you.
Dr. Ben Carson is a world-renowned Professor of Neurosurgery, Oncology, Plastic Surgery, and Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University. Not bad for a child that was raised in extreme poverty by a single mother. He said “Everything changed when I began to read. I started to see myself as a smart person who could learn anything. The whole world opened up to me.” From Michael Hyatt’s blog.
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