Answer the Call

By: Art Klaum

1 Peter 3:13-14

Now who is going to harm you if you are enthusiastic for what is good? But even if you should suffer because of righteousness, blessed are you. Do not be afraid or terrified with fear of them.

In preparing this reflection, I was blessed to have just come from a Challenge Weekend. On the weekend I received renewed emphasis and focus for prayer time, as well as a stronger sense of purpose for how the Lord intended to use me. Almost first thing Monday morning — like many of you who have been on a weekend — I was given the opportunity.

The phone rang and a pre-recorded message announced that I may be missing out on the opportunity to reduce my credit card interest rate. I had gotten these calls numerous times before even after signing up for the “do not call” registry. As invited, I pressed “1” and was transferred to a representative. The nice sounding voice of a young man came on the line and asked me if I had more than $4,000 on credit cards. I told him I did not but wanted to ask something else. He said, “Yes?” I said that I would like to find out how I can have his company stop calling me.

His response was far from what I expected. He unleashed a profanity-laden explosion. In shock, I responded, “Excuse me?” “You heard me!” was his reply. I was silent for a moment and then asked if he was OK. I could tell he was surprised by my response. I told him that I had a sense that something was going on for him to subject me to this attack. After a brief moment, he shared that his daughter had some problem and that it was tearing him up. He was sobbing on the phone in what I assume was a call center. I immediately lifted the situation up to the Lord and prayed with him. Without much further discussion, he thanked me, said he would see me on the other side, and hung up.

Lord, fill us with your Holy Spirit so that we may recognize the opportunities to be your messengers and give us the grace to respond.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Reflect on the various circumstances or situations in which God has placed you to be his servant. How have you responded? What happened as a result?