Clare, visiting a tiny community in Canada long before ATM’s and debit cards, needed to get some cash. A must: she took into consideration bankers’ hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekdays only.
But it was 11 on a Tuesday. That should work! Clare headed for the bank, the only one in town. But the 800+ residents were entirely focused on something else: a gala annual event on the main street celebrating the town’s pioneer history. On the front door of the bank was posted scribbled sign, “Gone to the parade! Be back soon.” Ditto with a half dozen other main street businesses–closed until they got around to reopening.
Clare could do nothing else but go to the parade, too, returning when the bank’s employees returned and unlocked the doors. But it was fun. When the float for the bank rolled by, she recognized the bank president in period attire from bowler hat down to a pocket watch across his vest. The VIP waved to the crowd. They all knew him.
Two hours later, Clare was able to get cash at the bank when it reopened.
Communicating and getting things done today is not often in person. Mostly transactions involve the electronic devices functioning and in working order, batteries charged up enough to operate cell phones and cameras, back-up devices working when computers threaten to crash and internet service up and running. Today, as long as the devices and internet work, the bank is open 24-7. It works nearly always, except if it’s too stormy, out of the service area, or when someone damaged the tower and connection with a four-wheeler.
Communication and help with God doesn’t depend on whether his batteries are up and charged, whether or not a call comes to him during working hours and whether or not a parade is going on in Downtown Heaven.
He is available all hours and days—for praise and appreciation; just for you to talk and him to listen; for him to talk and you to listen; to bring to his attention your most urgent needs; or in asking for a needed insight, intervention or miracle.
Has proof of that already have happened in your life?
Even if you don’t yet have a personal history of his astonishing presence and answers, the Bible affirms many other instances of calls to him outside of bankers’ hours: when Daniel (changed by the king to Belteshazzar), Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meschach) and Azariah (Abednego) came to Babylon and were commanded to eat rich foods forbidden to them (Daniel 1) and with God’s help got to prove that their diet made them healthier than the other youth. Another instance of God’s help came up when the king ordered Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego to be thrown into the furnace for not bowing down to worship his golden image.
They replied confidently, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” [Daniel 3:16-18]
At the time they were thrown in the fire, the advisers to the king noted that there were four men in the fire walking around, not three who had gone in. When the young Israelites walked out, they were whole and healthy. They didn’t even smell of smoke. God had been helping and working on their behalf even outside of bankers’ hours.
Joshua, successor to Moses, was defeating the enemy and asked God to have the sun stand still above Gibeon for a whole day while Joshua and his troops defeated his adversaries led by five kings. God did.
“The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a man. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!” [Joshua 10:12b-14]
That’s above and beyond the call of prayer.
It is astonishing to realize that God is up to hearing, listening and communicating any time at all, while he has your back and your back-up plans.
So go enjoy the parade and God will take care of the rest!
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available where print books are sold and in e-book. Look for Give Us This Day Our Daily Grin – A Fun-Lovers Guide to Spiritual Living and Growing releasing June, 2017. Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website, http://www.button-to-god.com.]