I was looking at a book of medieval art in which the artists were trying, rather naively, to represent the process of praying, with charming results!
In one, an angel is carrying a scrolled message upwards. In another, a similar messenger is arranging a tube from the human mouth to God in the heavenly court. Delightful imaginings of how prayer gets from here to there!
I could not help recalling these as I surveyed a message I received about a merchandise order. (I unfortunately live in a small city that has lost its department stores and basic elements now have to come via UPS). The voice on the phone from North Carolina assured me I would have my order in 5 to 7 business days. I discovered by tracking just how that works.
My order was shipped on the same day very promptly. It went to Raleigh with equal speed. The next day it was on to Alexandria, Virginia and then to Secaucus. Scarcely pausing, it headed to Parsippany, arriving late in the evening. From there it zoomed northward to Latham, taking 2 days to find a location just fifty miles from my front door. Within 2 hours it was in Kingston, but there the snag occurred. It arrived early on Saturday morning. It must have been fatigued because it will have to rest until Tuesday evening for delivery. It is within sight and sound but not reach of me, but still within the promised 5 to 7 business days.
I write this, not to complain, but to marvel that it seems to be a rather determined little package. I have used this company before and I know delivery will occur. However, all the steps I have listed would have astonished that medieval artist who had probably never covered so many miles in his entire life, much less in 5 to 7 business days.
How far away is God’s ear? Not very far at all. We have no need of UPS, angelic messengers or an email tracking system. Neither clouds nor planets nor other solar systems get in the way. All we need is a heart with something to say. And postage and shipping are not additional fees!
Let’s be sure to use our heavenly message service freely, in the fullest sense of that word!