We never know, do we? We can never be confident that the phone ringing in our hand brings good news or bad. It might be a reassuring announcement or a call for help. It could be a call of hope or a cry for help. We answer with trepidation, listening carefully to the person on the other end. Is their tone one of celebration or grief, joy or sorrow?
“The cancer spread.”
“I’m leaving him next week and he has no idea.”
“Can you come?”
“There’s been a terrible accident.”
“Party. My house. Be there!”
Often our phone conversations are banal, routine. But every so often, every once and a while, the call announces news that will change your life in ways you would never dream.
My advise? Say a short prayer for wisdom every time you answer the phone. You never know when you will need it.