Back when the
telegraph was the fastest method of long-distance communication, 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 inner office.
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
Naturally the 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, "Gentlemen, thank you
very much for coming, but the job has just been filled."
The other 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!"
The employer 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
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?
-- Author Unknown