…for the opportunities
Back when the telegraph (see here for description) was the fastest method of long-distance communication, my grandfather applied for a job as a Morse code operator. Answering an ad in the newspaper, he went to the office address that was listed.
Upon arrival, he entered a large, busy office filled with noise and clatter, including the sound of the telegraph in the background. A sign on the receptionist’s counter instructed job applicants to fill out a form and wait until they were summoned to enter the inner office. He filled out his form and sat down with the seven other applicants in the waiting area.
After a few minutes, my grandfather stood up, crossed the room to the door of the inner office, and walked in. Naturally the other applicants perked up, wondering what was going on. They muttered among them that they hadn’t heard any summons yet. They assumed that the young man who went into the office made a mistake and would be disqualified.
Within a few minutes, however, the employer escorted my grandfather out of the office and said to the other applicants, “Gentlemen, thank you very much for coming, but the job has just been filled.” The other applicants began grumbling to each other, and one spoke up saying, “Wait a minute, I don’t understand. He was the last to come in, and we never even got a chance to be interviewed. Yet he got the job. That’s not fair!”
The employer said, “I’m sorry, but the last several minutes while you’ve been sitting here, the telegraph has been ticking out the following message in Morse Code: ‘When you hear this message, come right in. The job is yours.’ None of you listened to it or understood it. This man did. The job is his.”
If you know Jesus you have already answered the call. Yet we are so busy living in a world which is full of noise and clatter, like that telegraph office. It is easy to be distracted and miss the voice of God as He speaks to us in the Scriptures, through his Holy Spirit, or through other believers.
It takes a different posture and a different attitude to be actively listening, rather than just waiting for my name to be called.
So I ask you, as I ask myself,
“Am I listening, or passively waiting if my name should be called?”
The Lord has spoken. The door is open for us to walk right in.
What opportunities are before us if we are listening?
(adapted from V. Chacko Jacob, Trainer Stories)