Of all the different jobs I’ve had, being a pastor was the only one that required being on call continuously. Always being on call is taxing, but it comes with the territory.
I’ve known others who were on call, but it was only for a limited time. My on-call duties were different. Since I had to be always available, I’ve had to postpone vacations, come home early from vacations, get up in the middle of the night to go to the hospital, or miss my children’s activities because of a meeting, wedding, or funeral. No complaints. I knew I’d have to hold these reins when I signed up. While one person can’t do it all, someone must be on call when members need assistance.
My mom also expects me to be on call when she beckons. A recent conversation went something like this:
Mom: Do you have company?
And then she proceeded to talk for fifteen minutes. I must admit—since this is typical for her—that I sometimes hit the ignore button when I see her name appear. Then I feel guilty. Perhaps something is wrong, and she really needs me.
God, on the other hand, doesn’t share the frustrations I sometimes fight against, nor does he ever hit the ignore button. He enjoys every minute of being on call. The psalmist knew this.
“I will call to you whenever trouble strikes, and you will answer me” (Psalm 86:5 NLT).
God is continuously on call because he wants to be. His love and concern for the people he created spurs him to answer our every beckon and call. He cares as no one else can. He exhibits love in its purest form.
God is also on call continuously because he can be. I may be on call, but there are some things that could prevent me from responding immediately. I may have to get up and get dressed. Not so with God. God’s characteristics allow him to be anywhere promptly.
People who are on call are because they have the knowledge and ability to respond to a particular need. God does as well. Regardless of what is wrong in our lives, He can repair it—spiritually, physically, or emotionally. He knows our needs even before we ever call and is more than willing to run to our sides.
Depend on God for all your needs. He’s always on call.
Martin Wiles is an author, pastor, English teacher, and freelance editor who resides in Greenwood, South Carolina. He is the founder and editor of the internationally recognized website, Love Lines from God (www.lovelinesfromgod.com). Wiles is the Managing Editor for Christian Devotions, the Senior Editor for Inspire a Fire, a Proof Editor for Courier Publishing, and Assistant Editor for Vinewords.net. He has also served as Web Content Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolina. Wiles has authored Don’t Just Live…Really Live (Ambassador International), A Whisper in the Woods: Quiet Escapes in a Noisy World (Ambassador International), Grits & Grace & God and Grits, Gumbo, and Going to Church (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), Morning By Morning, Morning Serenity, and Grace Greater Than Sin (America Star Books) and is a contributing author in Penned from the Heart (Son-Rise Publications), Rise (Chaplain Publishing), and Love Knots (Vine-Word Publishing). He has served as Regional Correspondent and Sunday school lesson writer for the Baptist Courier and has also written for Lifeway’s Bible Studies for Life curriculum. He has also been published in Christian Living in the Mature Years, Mature Living, Parenting Teens, Open Windows, Proclaim, Stand Firm, The Secret Place, The Word in Season, The Upper Room, The Upper Room Disciplines, Light from the Word, Reach Out Columbia, Mustard Seed Ministries, Journey Christian Newspaper, Common Ground Herald, The Quiet Hour, Power for Living, Halo Magazine, Joyful Living Magazine, Christian Broadcasting Network, Converge, Sharing, Today’s Christian Living, These Days, Plum Tree Tavern, Eskimo Pie, The Scarlet Leaf Review, Creation Illustrated, LIVE, Purpose Magazine, The Banner, Relevant, Bible Advocate, Reasons to Live, Author Magazine, and Lutheran Digest. Wiles has also written for the Bridges and Pathways Curriculum (Warner Press) and is a regular contributor to Christian Devotions, PCC Daily Devotions, Theology Mix, Inspire a Fire, The Write Conversation, Inkspirations, and VineWords and is a regular writer for the Dorchester County Eagle Record, the Orangeburg County Times and Democrat, and the Greenwood County Index Journal. Wiles has also served on faculty for the Asheville Christian Writer’s Conference. crat, and the Greenwood County Index Journal. Wiles also serves as the Managing Editor for Christian Devotions , the Senior Editor for Inspire a Fire, and as a Proof Editor for Courier Publishing. You can follow him @linesfromgod.