My landline phone rang. My grandchildren’s eyes widened waiting for me to answer it. I paused and listened – the phone said, “Unavailable.” My grandkids asked, “Who is it, Grandma?”
I replied, “It is Unavailable. When Unavailable calls, I don’t answer it because I don’t know who it is.” I am not available to Unavailable!
My grandkids now listen each time the phone rings. “It’s Unavailable,” they say. And they go back to what they were doing.
On Thursday, my two year old grandson was taking a nap. He was asleep in my bedroom, where we also have a phone. Since it was near the end of his nap, I knew the ringing of the phone and the voice identifying the caller probably woke him up. So I went in to check on him. There he lay, eyes wide open – looking up at the ceiling. I went over to the bed. He noticed me, and said – “Grandma, Unavailable woke me up.”
“That Unavailable – what are we going to do with that Unavailable?!”
My sweetie jumped into my arms! Grandma was there, available to her grandson. Unavailable was left to leaving a message, which is usually of little value or an out and out scam.
Sometimes when we try to contact God, we think he is unavailable to us. It seems like the phone keeps ringing and ringing. God does not answer. Maybe he is not home. Maybe he is on the line with another caller. Maybe he is napping and resting from all the calls he receives. Maybe it’s a bad connection, and I just can’t hear him…
I know that God IS there. I know He receives my call and is always available to me. I receive comfort and solace in knowing that He hears me. I believe God listens to me and understands my heart.
As York begins, we will try to be available to those who need us. Bear with us as we start this new venture in serving children. We want children to know that someone will be available to meet their needs. While it seems like we are unavailable right now, we are working and preparing so that we might be available to meet the needs of children. Available soon!