Building One Another

E. Stanley Ott

CALL ME MAYBE! Vol 12 No 4

February 5, 2013

Dear Friend,

 I awoke on a Sunday morning a few weeks ago and out of the blue the words and melody of Carly Rae Jepson singing the pop song, “Call Me Maybe” started bounding around my head. I just smiled and went about our normal Sunday routine.

As I listened to the sermon in church later that morning, I listened to an encouragement to pray for the people in our lives and suddenly three separate thoughts blended into one.

First, I thought of my tendency to look at my cell phone when I really could be or should be paying attention to the world around me.

Second, the words to the pop song came rushing back, except it wasn’t Carly Rae Jepson singing, it was our Lord saying to me, “Here’s my number, call Me maybe!”  Or to put it more bluntly, “Hey, Stan talk to me!”

Third, the word of the sermon to pray!

In a flash all three thoughts came together and I realized every time I had the impulse to grab the cell phone I could take it as a call to pray – to put the phone away and offer a word of thanks or praise or intercession to the Lord who loves us and to be aware of life around me!

So I’ve been working at it. Perfectly? No, however I am way better. The phone is less a master and the opportunity to touch base with the Lord who loves me and to observe the world around me has been huge.

“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things which you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3*

With joy - E. Stanley Ott
Copyright 2013 E. Stanley Ott
*Scripture from the NRSV