For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. O that today you would listen to his voice! (Psalms 95:7 NRSV)

Bob Lessnau was raised in a Christian home, By the time he was sixteen, though, Bob had given up trying to please God. As a typical adolescent, he figured he was always offending God with one sin or another. He decided to put religion behind him.

One day Bob was working in Wyandotte, Michigan. He decided to eat lunch at the Big Boy Restaurant there. He sat at the counter. No one he knew was in the restaurant. Strangers were sitting on either side of him.

As Bob was eating his lunch he felt a tap on his shoulder. He turned around to see a scholarly-looking man. He did not know who this man was. The stranger looked at Bob and said, "I want to see you in church."

Bob was dumbfounded and even embarrassed. "Why me?" he thought to himself. He wasn't attending church at the time and he admitted, was "behaving in less than holy ways." At first he thought the man was soliciting for his own church so Bob informed the stranger that he didn't live in Wyandotte.

"I didn't say what church," the man replied. "I said I want to see you in church." Bob swivelled away for just few seconds, to mull over the strange comment and when he turned back the man was gone. He looked all over the restaurant but couldn't see the man anywhere.

Upon returning home Bob told his wife what had happened. They decided that if God wanted them in church so much that He would go to all this trouble, they ought to give it some thought. Soon Bob and his wife joined a church.

Are you listening to God?

Dear God, as you speak to me, help me to listen, and then act. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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