1 Samuel 3: 1-10 & John 1: 43-51
January 19, 2020
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In the movie “Crocodile Dundee” there is a scene near the end when Mick is leaving. He is on a crowded subway platform, waiting for the train. Meanwhile Sue has finally come to her senses and realizes that she is going to lose him forever if she doesn’t go after him and tell him how she feels. She finds herself standing on the stairs at one end of the platform, separated from Mick by a sea of people filling the entire platform. She calls to him, but there is just too much noise. There is no way he can hear her. But then something happens to turn the tide. Other people get involved. Someone who is within range to hear her voice passes on the message to someone else further down the platform until finally it catches Mick’s attention. The ensuing conversation, passed back and forth through the participating intermediaries finally results in reconciliation and a mutual declaration of love, accompanied by the cheers of an entire platform full of onlookers.
Sometimes, life is a little bit like that. We’re busy living our life, not paying much attention to anything in particular, when God tries to track us down to tell us we are loved. But we live in such a hustle and bustle, noisy and distracting world, that God’s voice frequently gets lost. It’s not so much that we’re ignoring God. It’s just that we don’t hear the call. We’re busy doing other things. Fortunately, we do not live in isolation. Connections, relationships, and community are intricately woven into the very fabric of life. The life we share with those around us is not simply a sometimes pleasant, sometimes frustrating by-product. It is an essential and central part of what it means to be human. And it is an essential and central part of what it means to be faithful. There is no such thing as an individual Christian. There are only Christians who are a part of community. It was no accident that Paul used the term “The Body of Christ” to describe the Church. So when the noise of the world drowns out the call of God in our life, there is still hope because God will speak through those around us, using whatever means necessary, for as long as necessary, to get our attention.