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December 31, 2018

Emergency Call

Recently, my husband John and I were visiting Northern California for a friend's wedding. Starting in San Francisco, we then traveled high into the mountains. After two days of celebrating and seeing the bride and groom off, we decided to take the scenic route back to the San Francisco Airport with my husband taking charge as the navigator. He had his iPhone out, mapping the different towns we should stop at as we drove down the coast on Highway One. This situation isn't typical; usually, I am the one navigating and attempting to give him directions as to avoid him taking a wrong turn. Trying to give directions is something I am horrible at and it is probably what started our first fight. This time, John had to do all the work because, much to my horror, my phone did not have service.

John stepped into the new role of being the driver and the navigator. I started thinking about what would happen if both John and I didn't have service; we didn't know where we were going and the curvy mountain roads were not something two Midwesterners were used to. What if our car ran out of gas? Or worse, what if the car completely broke down? Yes, my mind was going there!

I couldn't believe that I was being so consumed with worry, as the route was so scenic and beautiful; the majestic coast was to our right and the beautiful rolling hills of California to our left. I rolled down the window to enjoy the warm air and sunshine that this girl does not get to feel around November in Chicago.

Then I noticed it: the first of many emergency payphones, which was attached to a dying tree in-between the water and Highway One. "We are saved!" I said aloud.

Nothing happened in the way of car wrecks or disasters on our road trip - our car was fine and we were soon on our way back to Chicago. On the plane, I started thinking about how God can become our last emergency call. He is often the last option we explore.

Isn't it frustrating feeling like your "life" cell phone is out of service? You keep trying to "make things work,” but you're not getting through? I know the feeling; this usually happens to me when I am trying to do things on my own. In the Book of Romans, Paul talks about how faithful God is. Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. This is in the context of salvation. Because Jesus died for our mistakes, we now have the opportunity to have a relationship with him. There is absolutely nothing we have to do but believe and call out to him.

"If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, 'Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.' For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, 'Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'" -Romans 10:9-13

You may have called out to Jesus many years ago. He saved your soul, but for some reason, you've been distant from him. Start the year off right. In the next year please, please call out to Him. You may have to tell Him about some mistakes you've made or some heart hurt you are experiencing. It doesn't matter what you've done, He still wants to know you and show you how much he loves you.

Maybe you've never really known Jesus personally. You've been feeling like life has broken down and you don't have any more options. Here are a few first steps you can make:

  1. Tell Him you believe that he died and rose again for your sins and mistakes (1 Peter 3:18; Romans 6:23)
  2. Express to Him that you believe you can do absolutely nothing apart from him; you recognize and acknowledge that you can't be "good enough". (Galatians 2:17-19; Ephesians 1:4; Romans 3:23).
  3. Keep reading the Bible. I would suggest reading the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
  4. Find a church where you feel comfortable asking hard questions, without a feeling of judgment or pretense.

Nothing you have done can keep you from the love of Jesus. If you call upon Him, he will answer. Whether you've known Jesus for a while and you've let life get in the way of your relationship with him, or you've never called out to Jesus, he will answer you. He is no respecter of man; what he will do for one, he will do for another.

He always has service and unlike emergency phones, he doesn't require a quarter!

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Hannah Lynn

Hannah Lynn hosts Moody Radio’s That’s Real and is an engineer for Karl and Crew mornings. She grew up as a homeschooler on a tree farm, plays the harp (ask her about harp camp), drives a Prius (don’t judge), and started a fashion blog while a student at Moody Bible Institute (yes, that’s possible). Hannah loves to tell people about Jesus—as a seven-year-old she witnessed to her ballet teacher, then she started a Young Life club while in high school. Now she mentors teens with her husband, John, who serves as a youth pastor.

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