Our Listening Father
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Our Listening Father

On occasion we have moments of cacophony in our home.  We have a bonging grandfather clock, a clanging antique clock from my wife’s grandparents and a chiming clock from my father’s mantel.  There are times when they all are wound and set to the same time.  By the time ten or so comes around there is a lot of noise.  We really should set one a minute early, one on time and another a minute late.  That way we could appreciate each one’s unique quality.

They remind me of people, each eager to proclaim their point of view and none being patient to allow the others time to express their ideas.  Perhaps it is my inability to simultaneously listen to two or three threads of logic, but I have little tolerance for people speaking over the top of another.  Occasionally, in class I have to referee some impassioned students and fortunately being the teacher I have the clout to make them take turns.

I am so glad God is so omni.  If only one percent of the world’s population prays that still means God has to listen to 68,000,000 prayers a day.  That works out to a few more than 47,000 a minute.  I do not believe God has teams of angels handling this enormous task.  I do believe each of us get personalized attention from God Himself, our Father.   And just how does He do this?  I don’t have the slightest clue because my finite mind cannot grasp the power, the wisdom, the intellect and the creativity of such an infinite being.

Psalm 91:15 is a grand promise, “He shall call upon me, and I will answer him:”

Written by Roger Bothwell on May 14, 2010

Spring of Life Ministry, PO Box 124, St. Helena, CA 94574