What Langley knows
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3
This past weekend at our oldest granddaughter’s high school graduation, a scripture verse was read as the graduate walked across the stage to receive his or her diploma. The verse had been chosen by the student’s high school advisor. This was read as Langley received her diploma. What an amazing verse to hold onto for the rest of her life.
We only need to call to God, and God will answer, and God will tell us unimaginable things that we need to know. Calling on God can mean praying for God’s presence, but it also can mean sitting in silence and waiting for God’s presence inside and outside of us to be manifested. It can mean being open to seeing God, Christ, in others. It can mean seeing God in all of creation and learning how to protect it and care for it. It can mean being open to receiving the love of Christ from another. I have mentioned only a few ways of many that God offers to us to make that call.
The second part, the answer, comes in so many different ways and means as well. If we expect to hear a voice or receive a sign a few minutes after we make our dial up to God, we may be disappointed. The access and connections to God are beyond our comprehension. Answers come at the most unexpected times and often use the most unexpected people. Sometimes answers even come from those we barely know and even people we consider our adversaries. Sometimes our bodies give us the answer with more or less energy for a calling. Sometimes the answers only come years later. Our only job is to be open and receptive to an answer.
How do we know the answer? Jeremiah tells us it will be knowledge we never expected to know. The 12 step promises can be helpful in realizing the answer. “We will know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.” (Big Book of Alcoholic Anonymous, pp. 83-84.)
Feeling and knowing the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 is another means of realizing we have received an answer. We become aware that we are living in “love, joy peace, forbearance, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
I know I am not telling Langley anything she does not already know. This verse indeed was already written on her heart.