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Topic: Telephone (07/17/08)
By Jean Thornberry
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Nothing. All Emily could hear was annoying static.
Her heart fell in her chest. Eyes watered with grief, she slammed the phone down.
Why won’t He answer? Does He even care?
If ever she needed to talk with God, it was now. She had just lost both her parents in a plane crash, and now she was all alone in the house. Barely 15, she couldn’t possibly fend for herself. Who would care for her.? She had no one.
Her world had fallen apart. Guilt crushed her heart as she realized how she had cursed them all her life. She couldn’t remember when she ever said “I love you” to them. Now they were gone.
If only I could say, “I’m sorry.” If only I could say, “I love you.” If only I could hold them…
No. They were gone and she knew it. They are with the Lord they served so faithfully. All she had was the God she had rebelled against. The God whose rules she broke time and time again. “I’ll do it my way! I don’t need you!” was always her response to Him.
How she needed Him now! Would He ever talk to me? Could He ever forgive me?
Suddenly she remembered to dial “0”. Surely the operator could help her get through!
“Hello operator? I’m trying to get through to number #777, but there is nothing but static. Could you check the line? I want to get through.
“Let me check that line for you.”
“Emily, you can’t get through. The party on the other line has blocked all anonymous callers. He is only accepting calls from His children.”
“Then I am hopeless! I can never know God and His love!” She cried, “I wanted nothing to do with Him all my life, and now He wants nothing to do with me. I am a stranger to Him, forever lost”
“Wait! There is hope, dear child”, the operator lovingly replied. “You can know Him. He has said that you can get through to Him through His son, Jesus. If you sign up for the Christ calling plan, you’ll become a child of God and have free access to Him whenever you want! Do you want to join? It’s absolutely free!”
“Sign me up! “
“Dial 777 now. You’ll get through.”
She dialed, and waited with bated breath.
Yes!!!! An answer! Thank you Jesus!!
“Hello, dear child! How I’ve longed to talk with you. Tell me everything………
Just then her grandmother pulled up and offered to take her in.
“Thank you, Father. I love you!”
“I love you, too Emily! I always have, and always will- for all eternity.”
“Don’t be a stranger. Call anytime!”
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