Do you remember Moviefone? It was the automated phone system you could call to to find any movie at any location? You would enter in the first three letters of the movie title you wanted to see and it would search locations and times for you. If you don’t remember it, chances are you are under forty, in which case you have also probably never seen a rotary phone (which couldn’t be used to call Moviefone)
There is a Seinfeld episode where Kramer keeps receiving wrong calls because his phone number is almost identical to the Moviefone number. He decides that rather than disappointing the callers, he would simply start pretending to be the actual Moviefone.
He is horrible at it. He cannot decipher the sound the numbers make to identify the movie. At one point he can tell that the caller, who just happens to be George, is getting frustrated so Kramer finally says “Why don’t you just tell me the name of the movie you selected?” in his Moviefone voice. It is hilarious.
I have been praying for direction in my work/home/ministry life. As I mentioned in an earlier blog I want to make sure I am doing what God has called me to do, rather than just busy myself with good things. There are many directions I see myself going and there is a potential job change I have been praying about.
This morning while praying I thought of Kramer’s Moviefone experience. I felt frustrated just like he did as I want to get it right, but I can’t “decipher” any clear direction. “Why don’t you just tell me what you want me to do?” I said in my best Moviefone voice, hoping the Lord was also a Seinfeld fan…
I am sure you have been there at some point in your life. The place where you desperately want to live God’s will for your life, but you are not exactly sure what that is. You seek his wisdom and his voice and you wait in expectation, excited to do whatever it is He has in store for you. You pour out your heart and wait. And wait. And wait. Until…..nothing. Awkward silence. Crickets.
There was a time when the prophet Isaiah desperately needed to hear from the Lord. He was worn out, weary, and on the run from Jezebel who vowed to kill him. It says in 1 Kings 18:11-13:
“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.
And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
The Lord was not in the windstorm, the earthquake, or the fire. The Lord was in the gentle whisper. Now I know you may be thinking “But Jen- Elijah still heard God’s audible voice. We don’t.” It’s true. That is because we have God, in the form of the Holy Spirit, living and dwelling within us. In the Old Testament times, God spoke audibly to just a chosen few. As Christians we all have the ability to hear God’s voice.
Ah- but it is in fact a gentle whisper. So gentle that we can often miss it. Especially if it is crowded by the noise in our own minds and hearts. To hear the gentle whisper of the Lord we need to still our minds and hush our inner dialogue. We need to quit running through all of the scenarios trying to figure it out on our own. Most of all, we need to not stress about it. Nothing tunes out the whisper of the Lord like stress, fear, and worry. Which is probably why the enemy uses these tactics the most.
So what am I going to do? I am going to follow my own advice for once lol. I am going to resist the urge to try to figure it out. I am going to trust God’s word that says he delights in the details of my life. Most of all, I will stay in his Word. The answers to the smallest questions are often found in the perfect Word at the perfect time.
If you find yourself in a Moviefone place in your life, I encourage you to still your mind and quiet your inner dialogue. Open up God’s word and ask him to reveal something to you about your situation. He may not answer audibly right then and there, but He will answer, in is own gentle, tender, whisper.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me. Thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit that lives and dwells within me, guiding me in my life. Help me to quiet my mind and heart so I can hear you speak to me in your quiet, gentle whisper. Thank you for the plans you have for me. I may not know what they are, but I know that they are good! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Love, Grace, and No Need for Moviefone,