Back when the
telegraph was the fastest method of long distance
communications, a young man applied for a job as a Morse Code
operator. Answering an ad in the newspaper, he went to the
office address that was listed.
When he arrived,
he entered a large, busy office filled with noise and clatter,
including the sound of the telegraph in the background. A sign
on the receptionist's counter instructed job applicants to
fill out a form and wait until they were summoned to enter the
The young man
filled out his form and sat down with the seven other
applicants in the waiting area. After a few minutes, the young
man stood up, crossed the room to the door of the inner
office, and walked right in.
other applicants perked up, wondering what was going on. They
muttered among themselves that they hadn't heard any summons
yet. They assumed that the young man who went into the office
made a mistake and would be disqualified.
Within a few
minutes, however, the employer escorted the young man out of
the office and said to the other applicants, "Gentleman, thank
you very much for coming, but the job has just been filled."
applicants began grumbling to each other and one spoke up
saying, "Wait a minute, I don't understand. He was the last to
come in, and we never even got a chance to be interviewed. yet
he got the job. That's not fair."
said, "I'm sorry, but the last several minutes while you've
been sitting here, the telegraph has been ticking out the
following message in Morse Code: "If you understand this
message, then come right in. The job is yours." None of you
heard it or understood it. This young man did. The job is
We are so busy
living in a world that is full of noise and clatter, like that
office. People are distracted and unable to hear the still,
small voice of God as He speaks in creation, in the
Scriptures, and in the life and work of Jesus Christ. So I ask
you, as I ask myself, "Are you listening, or are you waiting
to be called? Do you hear the Lord when he speaks to you?