Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
When I was a little kid, I envied my buddy who had the coolest invention in the history of my youth. NOTE, you’ve got to remember that I grew up in a time when cell phones didn’t line everyone’s pocket/purse. We were only loosely attached to each other by postal mail, phone calls, or even…gasp… talking to each other face to face. But my buddy – I think he must have been rich or something – had a set of Fisher Price Sky Talker Walkie Talkies. They were the latest new invention (at least in my 7 year old mind) from the great science giant Radio Shack – where everything cool and sciencey used to come from. Apparently his parents got them for him for Christmas or something – either way, I was a little jealous. Ok a lot. But he was willing to share them with me, which was, of course, Awesomeness (note the capital “A”).
In a world and culture where we now can call someone, (via video chat even!), on the opposite side of the globe was Jetson’s family kinda stuff back then. It was in movies and Star Trek, but nothing came close to being tangible for a 7 year old except for the unique, mysterious power of the Fisher Price Sky Talker Walkie Talkie!
These things were amazing. You could literally be in your room and talk to your buddy all the way over in his room in HIS house. CRAZY. But we weren’t done there. On the handset itself was Morse Code! So you could talk in code and no one would be the wiser! Those days were special. My buddy and I spent hours on those things. Yep. I was a nerdy kid. We talked CONSTANTLY – until the batteries ran out. Again, though, nothing a quick trip to Radio Shack couldn’t fix…
NOW we know the reality is that we DON’T have to have a special device or code to talk to God. There’s no weird beepy code you have to learn to talk to God, no special device (however cool that would be) you have to buy. God walks with us in the midst of our chaos and our peace, our joy and our frustrations, in our light and in our darkness. I am not sure that we can ever hear that enough. Our God is with us, carrying us even, and expects that we will talk freely, anytime, all the time.
As I write that, though, I realize that there are some of you reading this saying, great Pastor, but 1. I don’t think I want to talk to God and 2. Even if I did, I have no idea what I would say. I get it. Really, I do. Talking to God can be intimidating. I mean, if we think about the gravity of that conversation with the Lord of all creation, it probably should be. But God knows that. God knows that you’re frustrated. God knows that you want encouragement. God even knows the prayers you have before you can speak them. So be encouraged to give it a shot. Talk to God. If you’re angry, tell God. If you’re joyful, tell God. If you’re thankful, tell God. If you’re broken and can’t even for the words for how sad you are, God can handle it. And don’t hold back. One of my favorite scenes is in Forrest Gump when Lt. Dan “talks” to God in the storm. It wasn’t pleasant, or sweet necessarily, but it was thorough and opened lines of communication that needed to be opened.
Try, this week, thinking about carrying around a walkie talkie with a direct line to God. What might you need to say to God today? What’s on your heart and mind that you need to release? Perhaps even, what is God saying to you? Scripture calls us to pray without ceasing, so maybe just start with breathing. That’s right, just breathe and let the Spirit intercede for you in sighs too deep for words. Whatever or however you do it, know that you have an open audience with the God of all creation – who WANTS to hear from you! So pray on and don’t hold back.
God, for some reason you care to listen to us and call us to talk to you. While we may never understand that, you still pursue us and call us by name. Thank you for loving us beyond ourselves and meeting us in the midst of the anything and everything we go through!