|The Calling of Matthew by Caravaggio (Wikimedia Commons).
Letter to the Hebrews: "Do not refuse to hear Him Who speaks." (12:25)
I am struck by the word "refused" used here. I mean: imagine God speaking to me and me not just missing the call - but actually refusing to hear it!
Actually, I can imagine that all too well.
It doesn't take a long memory, on my part, to see myself with head ducked, eyes downcast, pretending I don't know what is being asked of me. I've never heard a physical "voice" from God, but I have detected the gentle call of One inviting me to live as He asks, to treat others as He wishes, to give Him a moment of prayer.
But gosh, I'm so busy. Maybe later, just a little later.
If Jesus were standing right in front of me, would I say "Nice to see you, but you caught me just dashing out the door. Oh, and I meant to tell you - I had a reason for not doing what you asked the other day... after all, what would people have thought? And oh... excuse me just a minute, will you? I think I heard the phone....."
The thing is - Jesus IS standing right in front of me. Right now. He is closer than I could possibly imagine.
How will I respond?
Nancy originally posted this on her blog The Breadbox Letters.