My wife and I recently had a disagreement with the United State Post Office. We live on a cul-de-sac, which is extremely difficult for the local public works department to plow during the winter. We’ve never had this problem before, but with all the snow that we’ve this year, the plow trucks ran out of places to put the snow. So once the piles got as high as they could make them, they had to start extending the mountain into the cul-de-sac itself. This resulted in the mountain of snow extending almost to our walkway. It so high, we couldn’t even see our neighbor’s house from the road. Despite the Postal Service’s unofficial motto that states, Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds, it seems that, in our postal district, this doesn’t apply to mailboxes like mine. Our box was shoveled out, but the mail truck driver couldn’t get to it with one pass. He/she would have had to back into the cleared area or have exited the truck to reach the box. So, we couldn’t get our mail for about 3 weeks. Another week, and the Post Office was going to begin to charge us $53 to open a temporary box. Our public works department came through at the last-minute and removed the snow and our mail was once again delivered to our mailbox. Small wonder that so many people are communicating in other ways.
In our case, we now send birthday cards, anniversary cards, and most Christmas cards via emails or Facebook. And if we want to reach them quicker, we can text them. It seems that technology is increasing so fast, that by the time we’ve mastered the last new method,a new one (and sometimes more than one) has been invented.
Yet each of these methods can fail. I’ve already mentioned my experience with the Post Office. But both email and Facebook can be problematic as well. The connection to the internet can go down or your can lose power. With text messages, some one’s phone may be turned off or the battery may need to be charged.
The only communication that’s guaranteed is that when we pray, God always hears us and will always answer. God always hears our prayers (II Chronicles 20:27). This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him (I John 5:14). God’s answers everything we pray about and answers, yes, not yet, or I have something better in mind. And our prayers need not be lengthy nor according to some precise formula. For your Father knows what you need before you ask Him (Mathew 6:8). And how often should we pray? Pray without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:17). So, constantly be in communication with God, knowing that He hears you and will answer you according what is in your best interests. This is an iron-clad guarantee that will never fail or be broken.
It doesn’t get much better than this.