Calls in the Night

Usually if the phone rings after 10 o’clock at night it brings a sense of dread for fear that something bad has happened.  It usually turns out not to be as bad as imagined but every ring of the phone Old Phoneshakes the heart a little bit.  It turns out that some of the greatest ministering takes place because of those late night phone calls.  If it is a death in a family, a domestic dispute, a run away child all of these horrible problems bring incredible opportunity to bring the Lord’s blessing into a chaotic situation.

I remember several years ago there was a man who would only call me when he had gone on a drinking binge.  Almost every time he called it was near three o’clock  in the morning.  This usually happened once every two or three months.  The man never told me his name or where he lived he just talked about how much he was hurting and how sad he was that his life was in such a mess.  Most of the time we would end up with a prayer asking God to strengthen his resolve to stop his alcohol abuse and to find a church home to help him get away from is drunken lifestyle.  The phone calls stopped for a long period of a few years and I began to wonder if this man had found his footing to get away from his addiction.  I wondered if he had fallen so deep into his bottle that he gave up looking for help.  Then out of the blue a call came.  It was the same voice on the phone but without the drunken stammer.  He told me of his new life as a student in a local community college.  He was getting a certification to help other people who were addicted to alcohol.  He spoke of his new family and his devotion to a baby boy born just a year or so earlier.

To this day I don’t know the man who called in the night.  But one thing I learned is that it is always best to answer the call.  It is always best to lend an ear, give Biblical counsel and pray for the person calling.  Somehow that act of listening and sharing God’s love can bloom and make a striking difference in someone’s life.  If a person is hurting enough to call they are in tremendous need of God’s grace.  We are His hands and His feet to bring His peace to a sin-sick, hurting world.

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