The last couple of weeks, I have been making phone calls for work. There are a variety of reasons to let a call go to voicemail and I would have to say that is what happened to most of the calls I made.
There were of course those that answered. Most were super polite, friendly, and appreciated the call – happy to hear we are open and about the latest sale. Some who answered were not so nice, wanting to know WHO I was and WHY was I calling. How they were BUSY and NOW WAS NOT A GOOD TIME. Like having to answer the phone was an INCONVIENCE.
As I sat there after one caller who did not warm up after I explained, I started to wonder – why do people answer their phone if they cannot talk or really do not want to be bothered. Why treat another person in such a gruff and rude way? Why not just let it go to voicemail?
And then it dawned on me … What if maybe these people were just starved for human contact. I mean, I learned some personal things about a few people, just by asking “How are you today?” It was like they needed to share with another person – any person willing to listen to what they are going thru. What if some who answered just needed to “let it out” and the delivery was not meant to be personal, I was just the one who was there at that moment?
What if … we as God’s children … were that eager to answer God’s call? Eager to answer a call to serve? Eager to answer a call to justice and equality? Eager to love our neighbors despite our differences … our opinions … our beliefs? What if we just listened? What if we found a way to navigate this world as a community … a family? What if we are kind to others … to ourselves? What if ….???
Connections look a bit different these days and it is affecting everyone in some way or another. I would encourage you to take a minute and reach out to someone you have not talked to in a while … What if your voice or text or email was just what they needed to feel like they could be heard, no matter what it is they needed to say?
Dear God, Thank you for giving us a call. Please help us to recognize it when it appears and to answer it. May we find the strength to use our gifts to be the light to someone who may just need a moment to be heard. May we remember that sometimes, it is not personal. Lord, please help to keep our hearts and minds open so that we may connect and unite as one in your kingdom. In your name we pray. Amen.