My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. (Psalm 62:5)
At first, I thought it was the battery to my car
alarm remote-control. The remote usually unlocks the door from several feet
away. This time I had to use the key and manually disengage the alarm before I
could start the van.
When it happened again a week later with a newly
purchased battery, I thought the remote might be defective. It wasn't until after
I installed a third battery that I learned why the remote-control didn't work.
My friend pointed the reason out to me.
"It's the interference from those
towers," he said.
I followed his gaze across the hills to the radio
transmitters a quarter-mile away and realized he was right. My car-alarm
malfunctioned only in that parking lot. A hundred new batteries would not have
opened the door. The only effective remedy against being locked out of my van
was to stay away from the interference.
As I drove from the lot I wondered if there was a
spiritual parallel between my locked car and the reason some people find
themselves locked out of a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.
Jesus promised His followers a life rich with the
peace "which passes all understanding." He guaranteed us a
well-spring of joy flooding from deep within ourselves. He assured us of power
to overcome temptation.
Yet many Christians can't even get into their
vehicles, much less move on with Christ. They’re locked out by too much
spiritual interference. Their source of entertainment and recreation stifles
the Holy Spirit's guidance. The books and magazines they read interfere with
the gentle voice in back of their minds urging them toward a different path.
The movies they watch, the thoughts they nurture, the relationships they keep –
all work together to interfere with God's whispered, "walk along this
I didn't need another new battery to open the car
door. I didn't need a new remote control. I simply needed to leave the area
where radio waves interfered with my car alarm.
Late in his life, St. Augustine discovered God
made us for Himself, and “our hearts are restless” until they find their rest
in Him. And so when we find ourselves locked out of a closer relationship with Christ,
may God help us understand we don't need more "things" to open the
door and fill our spiritual void. We don't need more education, or more money –
or even more religion.
We simply need to get away from whatever it is that interferes with His voice.