My ears were straining to hear the next comment as the voice on the other end died once again. Interruptions are never pleasant, but it’s even more frustrating when you can’t even see what’s causing the interruption. When I’m talking on a cell phone and the voice suddenly cuts out, I know that my remote location must have stretched the signals beyond their capacity. But usually it’s an inconvenience more than anything else. I have never had to make an emergency call in the middle of the wilderness on my cell phone, but I know stories of people who have had that experience and the higher stakes make the call all that much more nail-biting.
When the huge ocean liner Oceanos was going down just off the coast of South Africa in 1991, two of the ship’s entertainers were working hard on the ship’s bridge, trying to connect with another vessel through the radio. A signal problem with the radio could cost the lives of many passengers. But this situation was especially frightening because the ship’s captain and crew had abandoned ship a few hours earlier, before the passengers had even realized that the vessel was taking on water. In the midst of an emergency, the passengers found out quickly who they could trust and who they couldn’t trust. Thankfully the Coast Guard stepped in with sixteen helicopters and saved the 220 remaining people on the doomed vessel before it slipped under the waves.
But when it comes to the Captain of our Salvation, Jesus, let’s take an honest look at how much we trust Him. He demonstrated His trustworthiness in the ultimate fashion when He died on the cross. But are we willing to entrust our plans, our futures, our very lives to Christ each day? Praying involves surrendering as much as making requests. We don’t have to worry about a “spotty signal” when we pray sincerely to God. And if we hand over our plans to Him during our prayer times, we can rest our minds in the knowledge that He is working out His all-wise plan. Meaningful prayer involves letting the Creator take over.
On May 30 at 5:00 pm, we will meet at the Upper Columbia Conference Office on 3715 S Grove Rd., just outside of Spokane, for a special season of corporate prayer. All the Spokane Adventist Churches are involved in this event for lifting up the local churches and schools, the Conference leadership, He’s Alive Television, and future ministry projects in the Spokane area. All are invited, so please come and combine your prayers with ours as we lift up the churches and the Spokane community in our prayers.