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Heaven's Radio Waves
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When I was a boy I loved to play with my neighbor friends. Sometimes, after school, we would get so preoccupied with a game of basketball or baseball that I would not hear my mother calling me for supper. When I finally showed up, it was gone! I usually complained that “Nobody told me it was time for supper!” But I had been told. I just wasn’t tuned in.

God calls to us all the time. Some people say, “No, God doesn’t call to me! I’ve never heard the Lord speaking to me.” Yet, like my mother’s voice, we can be so preoccupied with other things that we don’t realize God is close by. That’s what happened to Jacob when he ran away from home. He felt alone and distant from God when he lay down to sleep one night, using a stone for a pillow. That night, God gave him a dream of a ladder which extended from heaven down to earth on which angels were going up and down.

The Bible says, “When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it." He was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven" (Genesis 28:16, 17).

Invisible Signals

One way to understand how close God is to us is by looking at a radio signals. There are thousands of radio waves surrounding you at this very moment. Unless you are tuned into any of them, they will pass you by unnoticed. Without a receiver to zero in on a certain frequency, you cannot hear or see these invisible signals. Yet, these unseen waves are there.

Several years ago I wanted to be an amateur radio operator. I studied hard to pass the tests that would allow me to go on the air. Until I had my license, I could only listen. During this time, a friend loaned me an old tube receiver so I could at least begin to “listen”. One afternoon I strung a simple, single wire antennae across the roof of my house. Then I climbed down the ladder and ran excitedly into the house and hooked up the wires to the receiver. I still remember the thrill of warming up the old tube radio and hearing voices of people from around the world!

Like Jacob, when we turn our antennae’s (our hearts) toward heaven, we may say, “Surely God is in this place and I was not aware of it.” God wanted to speak to Jacob. He was running and not listening. God wants to speak to you. It would be good for you to stop and listen to the Lord. A very important way to “tune” your radio to God is through Bible study and prayer. Take time every day to listen to God talk to you. The Lord loves you and wants to let you know.

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