I was one of those people who used to think I didn’t need a cell phone…until I was involved in an accident. The very next day I got a cell phone and now, like so many people, I’m available 24/7 no matter where I happen to be traveling. I was thinking about this as I picked up a copy of a new Servant book, God’s on the Phone: Stories of Grace in Action.
Regis Flaherty has written a book that shows the immediacy of God’s presence in the circumstances of life. Story after story illustrates how mundane events come alive as God reaches in to touch wounded humanity at the point of deepest need. Regis has a gift for noticing the things that often go right over my head. As I read these inspiring stories I have come to understand why—Regis has made himself available to God. He asks God to use him, to make him a channel of grace in every circumstance of his life. He has made a choice to listen.
With that attitude, life becomes filled with possibilities and opportunities to see grace in action. Most of Regis’s stories are not about finding God in church or in personal prayer, important as that is. He sees God at work in chance conversations on airplanes, in humble job experiences, on city streets, at sports events and even on wrong number phone calls. God seems to have a special care for the poor, for those suffering, for the lonely, for those in need. And how often God’s love seems to shine through the most unexpected people.
When I first heard the title “God’s on the Phone” I thought about me trying to reach God. It often seems more likely that I’d get a busy signal, or perhaps I might reach God’s voice mail if I was lucky. After reading this book I realize it’s more accurate to say that God is constantly calling me. Even with my cell phone I’m often too busy with my own “very important business” to hear the ring. That annoying beep for call waiting? God is trying to get through to me. After reading this book I’m more determined to take that call.
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