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When God Calls You

A Commentary by Constance Vanides

"Mickey! Mickey!" My cousin's voice sounded loud and clear as she shouted to make herself heard from the first floor of their house to the second floor, where her husband had sequestered himself to work on a creative project.

Irritated by the interruption, Mickey's response was an annoyed, "I'm doing something!" In his totally preoccupied state of mind, he had neglected to let his wife know what he was involved in!

He had been attempting to make a video, narrative introduction, complete with script, props and scenery, to welcome potential viewers to his extended documentary of travels to Italy. Reading his script, acting the part of narrator, and handling the video equipment involved many takes. It was when he had an almost-perfect take that he was stopped by the unscripted recording of his wife's strident voice. His finest effort was made useless. It brought to an abrupt ending hours of work. His frustration was vented by his all-encompassing, "doing something," Gone was Mickey's concentration by this irritating interruption.

"I'm doing something!" We're always "doing something."

"I'm doing something!" It serves as a reminder to me whenever I'm concentrating hard on an activity which is so important to me personally that I get easily irritated should there be an interruption. Who knows, but the intrusion might even be from God who is trying to get my attention with a word that I need to pass on.

Scripture tells us God not only knows our name, but also calls us and expects us to hear and follow His commands: "...I have called you by your name; you are Mine." (Isaiah 43:1b) "But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk" (1 Corinthians 7:17)

"See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven..." (Hebrews 12:25)

There is much fun in doing creative things. But when you hear the voice of the Creator of all saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" how great is that joy to be able to say, along with the prophet Isaiah, "Here am I! Send me." (Isaiah 6:1)

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