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He’s Got Time For You…For Real!

911-hang-upJim Moten called 911 to report two vehicles dangerously speeding on the highway. Crenshanda Williams was the 911 operator who answered the call. Well, sort of. Williams picked up the phone, heard the complaint, and hung up. Then, on the 911 recording, she can be heard saying, “Ain’t no one got time for this…for real!”

It turns out, Williams hangs up a lot. From October 2015 to March of 2016, Williams handled thousands of calls that lasted an abnormally short time – fewer than 20 seconds. Williams was charged with interfering in emergency calls, and is waiting for her court date. When asked why she hung up on all those calls, she said she “didn’t feel like talking to anyone” at those times.

Many people have expressed outrage over Williams’ lackadaisical attitude toward emergency calls. In one instance, she can be heard sighing right before she hangs up; it was an armed robbery that ended in the death of a storeowner! Clearly she was not a good fit for this job.

911 calls should be answered. The caller’s concerns should be heard. The appropriate action should be taken. None of that happens if the operator hangs up arbitrarily.

Thankfully, God doesn’t answer prayers that way! In fact, God answers before we call and knows our needs before we speak (Isaiah 65:24). God wants to hear from His children – in all things:

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Pray without ceasing;”
  • Psalm 50:15, “call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you;”
  • Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Of course, God does not delight in the prayers of those who reject Him. We must believe that He exists and that He answers prayers (11:6). We must not dedicate our lives to evil (Micah 3:4). We must ask according to His will (1 John 5:14-15).

But one thing is certain – God doesn’t arbitrarily hang up. God never says, “ain’t no one got time for this,” because He does…“for real!”

Crawling Down the Highway of Life

Man Finds Baby Along Highway

In an alarming story this week, a 1-year-old girl was found crawling along a Georgia highway. Apparently, her parents left the house for a while and had put the other children (13, 9, & 5) in charge of the infant. The baby got away and crawled 300 yards through woods, receiving mosquito bites, briar scratches, and bruises from falling into an embankment along the highway. A man driving by happened to notice the infant, stopped, and saved the day by calling 911.

Now, before you read any further, remember your anger; hang on to that righteous indignation. It will be important later. Ok, back to the article…

As a parent, I admit that we don’t monitor every second of our kids’ lives. And, I imagine that every parent has experienced a “glance away” that allowed a child to get into a potentially dangerous situation. But I am quite certain that no parent would ever knowingly allow his or her infant to crawl along the highway!

Most of us have safety precautions set up to ensure our little ones never get near a highway. But it seems that many parents today have simply thrown up their hands when it comes to their pre-teens and teens regarding sin. I often hear, “There’s nothing you can do…kids are going to sin!” I also hear, “You have to let them experience these things.”

Really? I have to let my kids experience the spiritual equivalent of crawling along the highway? Why? Who says? Now, do I mean that kids need to live in a bubble? Certainly not. Bumps, scrapes, and bruises are going to happen in life. But when kids are unattended and unsupervised, where will they tend to go? Straight toward the highway…almost every time.

You have probably heard Proverbs 22:6 at some time: “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” But consider the verses before as well: verse 3: “The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it.” Or verse 5, “Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse, He who guards himself will be far from them.”

‘Training up a child’ includes keeping kids from crawling near highways! What is the best way to avoid immodest behavior? Dress and act modestly. What is the best way to avoid the dangers of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases? Avoid fornication. What is the best way to avoid violent and lustful thinking? Quit messing around with pornography and foul movies, music, and video games.

Why is the answer so clear for toddlers and highways, but seems so unavoidable for older kids and sinful lifestyles? I am sure some will call me naïve. “You just don’t understand.” Or, “Wait until your kids are older,” they will say.

I get that. I understand the difficulties. But let me ask you this, “Were you horrified and self righteous and indignant when you first started this story, thinking about parents who left a child unattended who crawled up to the highway?” If so, what changed, and when did it become ok for your kids to play near the dangers of sin?