This is directly related to a video I posted on Facebook (no link here, sorry).
Essentially the idea came about while a few of us were mucking with Bec’s phone (wonder if she’s noticed yet?) during MYC. Leaving your phone unattended during dinner is a no-no (just like with leaving your Facebook open) and sadly Natalie was victim to perhaps one of the most creative pranks I’ve been a part of so far.
Me and Ben both changed our names on Nat’s phone to “Jesus” and “God” respectively. Then we decided that I would send Nat a text (so she gets a text from Jesus) and then Ben would immediately call her (so she gets a phone call from God). I decided to send the text: “Natalie, have you read Matthew 28:18-20?” which was in relation to Jesus’ Great Commission, what Carl will be going through in CBS this week.
In the video, take careful note of Nat’s phone; the text gets sent while I was conversing with her and Charlie. I honestly wasn’t sure if the text would be sent well enough so that she would immediately notice it. Meanwhile, you can see Ben disappearing downstairs as he calls Nat, and viola, “mischief managed”.
Consequently, Nat doesn’t pick up the phone call from “God” despite him calling several times.
Despite the context and the nature of the prank, there is a somewhat more profound meaning in tonight’s little shenanigan. There are times when God does try to tell us something or try to make us understand something. But often we ignore that particular moment when God does have something to say to us for hardly justifiable reasons.
We always need to be ready when God calls on us for something. We mustn’t put off that call just because we don’t want to hear His voice at particular times (when we’re distracted). As Christians we must always be ready to hear His word and respond to it.
Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before:
"Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts."
– Hebrews 4:7