Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Complicated Communication

I consider myself a communicator. I write. I speak. I teach. I have dozens of journals and love to fill a blank notebook page. Yet, communicating with one another has gotten more complicated...

Take my phone…please! My Tracfone has been less reliable; more dropped calls, and I need to stand in a corner of the living room to hold a conversation because if I go to another area of the house, I lose the signal (yes, we live in the woods). John found a great cell phone plan for us. So, I ordered a new phone and signed up for a plan which I hope will be plenty for my simple needs.

My new phone arrived; I ported my old number to avoid changing, learning a new phone number and getting someone else’s history. I learned this lesson after my husband’s new phone number brought with it not only bill collector calls to the previous subscriber, but also the other guy’s name showing up on caller ID every time my husband placed a call.

After over two hours on the phone with customer service this weekend, my new phone finally works. My head throbbed from trying to follow the maze of directions to figure out how to find the dialer button, setting up my voicemail and, I inadvertently put the phone on silent while scrolling through the techie-jungle. There’s no such thing as just making a phone call. It’s an all-afternoon event to charge my phone, find my address book, navigate a microscopic keyboard to send a text message and press send. So, I have come to a realization—communication has gotten VERY complicated!

This awareness makes me thankful that I can communicate with the God of the Universe without a data plan; He doesn’t have voicemail. His line is never busy. His ringtone is Truth spoken to a listening heart. He communicates to me and through me in the most uncomplicated fashion—called relationship. Even with the ringer off, He hears me and I can hear him because of His uncomplicated connection called prayer. All this means I have the unlimited, wireless access plan to the Creator of the Universe. How cool and uncomplicated is that! He is accessible anytime, any day, and anywhere. It makes me remember a time when I told my children, God’s phone number:

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me and I will answer you. I will tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.”  (The Message)

Who ‘ya gonna call?


  1. This reminds me of the old hymn "What a Friend We Have in Jesus:
    What a privilege to carry
    everything to God in prayer!

    Great reminder Jeanne!

  2. Thanks for stopping in, Alan. I have to admit, the tune from
    Ghost Busters rolled though once while typing the last sentence :)

    We serve an accessible God!


  3. Jeanne,
    Though all forms of media continue to be complicating, so grateful it is not complicating to call on God. His name is Jesus and He's always waiting to hear us call out to Him.
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love this one Jeanne! I can relate, I remember the days when you could get a simple cell phone to just make phone calls! Now they are way too complicated for me.

    Your blog is such a blessing, thanks for sharing your writing talent and love of the Lord with us all!

  5. I love it! HOW true...and I love "God's phone number". Good one!
    How's the foot?

  6. I used to tell that verse to my children when they were young LOL

    The foot is numb. I got the ortho appt moved to tomorrow because I stumbled and fell on it again. So, I should find out more tomorrow


  7. Thank you for your encouragement, Piano Player :)

    We are His,

  8. Amen, Jeanne! I'm getting so tired of all this technology to keep up with! So thankful God doesn't get tired of communicating with me.

  9. He never tires of relationship, Vonda. Alleluia!

    Eventually, maybe we will just decide to ditch the wires for good.

    Hugs, and hope you feel better,

  10. Hi Jeanne,

    Thanks for dropping by my blog. :) So happy to meet you here in cyberspace! I love this post. Aren't we very thankful that God does listen to us whenever we call out to Him?

    Hope you have a blessed weekend!


  11. MAry, I am also glad I found your blog. I have been wanting to take a photography class to learn more tricks and camera capabilities.

    Blessings, and hope we can meet at Blue Ridge someday.


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