We all get them at times those unexpected calls from an unfamiliar number. I received one, on the night of June 5th, 2012. The display on my cell phone said "Ohio Call", meaning the caller obviously wasn't in my registry.
Though my environment was somewhat noisy, I answered, assuming it was merely a wrong number. It wasn't.
Instead, I was greeted, enthusiastically, but I didn't recognize the man's voice. I pressed the phone tight against my head and plugged my open ear with my finger, feeling a bit embarrassed that I didn't know the caller.
However, the ambient factory clamor provided an honest excuse for my bewilderment. After playing (and loosing) the guessing game, the man on the line finally let me off the hook, by graciously identifying himself. He was someone from my far past.
Now, let's be honest; what comes to mind when you think of someone receiving such an unexpected call from such a long-ago friend? Obviously, they want something, right? Apparently, there is an unmet need of some kind. Why else would they call?
Unfortunately, life experience could cause us to think that way.
As it turned out, this man did want something; he wanted conversation. He did have a need; he needed to say something.
What he called to say was this: "I want to thank you for sharing Christ and the bible with me and for showing me what's real in this world".
What an amazing call it was! What a blessing to receive it! How many of those come our way? I believe it was my first.
The thing that made it all the more amazing is that I shared Christ with him in high school, in 1979!
Should this not stir us to continue to sow seeds of God's word? We never know when they'll sprout and grow, but they eventually will!
For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10, 11 New KJV)
(This article was published in Pathway Christian Newspaper August 2012)
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