What Number Will You Dial – #900 or #333?
By Donna Milham
What should I do? Do I take this job? Do I marry this man or woman? Should I have this baby? Should I take this position and relocate? Should I leave my spouse? Is there any hope, the doctors say I have 50% chance or recovery? Will my child return home? Do I play this number today? Should I buy these stocks and will I make a big profit? Will anybody every really love me or will I always be alone?
The questions are endless, the reasons why #900 numbers are ringing off the hooks and billions of dollars are spent annually in this nation. A sea of people being tossed to and fro with the circumstances of life, looking for someone to throw them a line to hold on to and pull them safely to shore. Hoping for an answer, direction, something that will help them to know what to do – choices – so many choices, so many voices – who do you listen to?
People will call a total stranger, pay with their hard-earned money to seek counsel and direction for minor/major decisions in our lives, and often make choices that will effect them and those around them based on their ‘insight’.
In a nation where ‘relationship’ has been set on a shelf for ‘me, myself and I’, has left the safety of trusted friends and family with their words of wisdom and counsel, for the unknown shores of the land of #900.
The land of #900 has lured many to its shores, promising bright futures and tomorrows.
Promising mates, babies, health, money, success, and leaving many shipwrecked on its shores with no lifeboat to escape. It may have innocently begun with a curiosity, perhaps there is something to this, perhaps they really can see into the future and I can actually know for sure what to do in this situation. So you dial and there is a sweet and seemingly caring voice on the other end. You begin to tell your story and they interrupt and slip in some word that you say, but how did you know that. They say, go on, I’m here to help.
Then just at the right moment they again have that word of ‘insight’ that begins to open your heart to maybe this is real. Before it is all over, you have been told of all that is wonderful or all that is horrible and leaves you either in a state of euphoria or total despair! At the end of the month your charge card will reveal the cost of these ‘insights’, and your soul will reveal the rest.
A nation that is rich in material goods, busy with life’s affairs, unable to quiet its soul long enough to hear Wisdom calling to them. There are far too many voices luring our youth down its dark alleyways, enticing their fleshly appetites and senses which have awakened, and leading them on journeys they were never meant to explore.
There is a need for the true counsel and clear direction to be given that does not lead to darkened dead end roads – but to paths illuminated with light and truth. Where one is surefooted because there is an understanding that each step is guided by His Truth.
There is a number you can call – this number is #333. The One at the end of this number has promised ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know’. The One at the end of this number is none other than the Lord Almighty – the Wisdom of the Ages. How He longs and waits for those He created and loves, to call upon Him. How His heart aches as He watches those He loves suffer body, mind and spirit – while He holds for them the answers and direction for their lives.
For He created each and every person in His image and He has a plan to prosper them and not to harm them, a future and a hope is His promise.
How He longs to tell His children how much He cares. He sees every broken dream, every hurting memory, every agonizing situation and He is waiting, ever waiting.
It was New York City, I was on a missions trip to the inner city and this day we were at a home for women who had been on the ‘streets’! Their lives had been ravaged by drugs, alcohol and employed in prostitution to sustain their habits. When the bottom fell out of their lives some would choose to come here for help. It was a diversified day of events, from beauty makeovers, to barbeque, to music and fellowship and finally a dress-up dinner time. All day I had watched from a distance this one young lady that no one could reach.
Nothing seemed to touch her soul – angry, distant, isolated – she sat amidst us, but her mind and heart were not with us. Dinner had now ended, still she sat alone. The room was filled with laughter and hugs and shared phone numbers of new relationships being formed that day. She asked for no one’s. We were asked to form small circles of those who were nearest to us and end the day in prayer for and with each other. Guess who ended in my group. I felt desperate, helpless in that moment as I watched her reluctantly join our circle. I cried out – I dialed #333 (Jeremiah 33:3) and asked for wisdom – how to reach this precious young woman. I got an answer immediately – are you willing to be a fool. Are you willing to do anything to touch her heart? Will you do and say what I tell you to regardless of what happens? I said yes! He reminded me of another passage in the Word of God that had changed my life dramatically and told me not just to share this with her but to paint a picture for her to remember. I had slowly been walking around within this circle praying with each one, I came to this hurting girl. I did not have a Bible in my hand, but He brought back to memory Zephaniah 3:17. Let me share it with you before I continue “The eternal self-existent God, the God who is Three In One, He who dwells in the center of your being, is a Powerful, Radiant, Warrior, He has come to set you free, to keep you safe and to bring you victory, He is cheered and beams with exceeding joy and takes pleasure in your presence, He has engraved a place in you and there He quietly rests in His love and affection for you. He cannot contain Himself at the thought of you and with the greatest of joy spins around wildly in anticipation over you and has placed you above all other creations and in the highest place in His priorities. In fact He shouts and sings in triumph joyfully proclaiming the gladness of His Heart in a song of rejoicing, all because of you.”
(This passage was paraphrased by a man named Dennis Jernigan who had been hopelessly caught up in a hopeless circumstance that God came down and set him free from. He is now a songwriter and used to change many lives all because he called #333).
But to get back to my story, not only did I share this with her, but God told me to spin and jump and leap and rejoice in front of her, painting a picture on the canvas of her heart as she watched with her eyes. She stood, motionless and then suddenly threw herself fully into my arms and wept and wept – she surrendered her heart. Together we dialed #333 – to the Great Lover of Her Soul.
I tell you the world is waiting to hear that they are loved. Above all else, when you dig through the rubble, when you rip off the facades, when you take away the luxury car keys, when you peer behind the shades, underneath the ‘colors’ of the gangs is the same heart cry – who loves me – who loves me! Who truly loves me just as I am? Who am I, where do I fit, why am I here??? There is One who has the answer to all of these questions and He is only a phone call away.
He will tell you – He loves you – so much that before you were born He knew you, before you were even in your mother’s womb, He knew you. You were not a mistake nor an afterthought, no, you were on the forefront of His mind and He has a destiny for you that no one else can fulfill. He has a purpose, He created you with gifts and talents and He will train and teach you in all His ways. He has a place that you fit and one of them is in the palm of His Mighty Hand. His Hand of protection and safety and caring. You were not meant to walk through life not knowing where you are to go – He desires to lead you all the days of your life and He will never leave you, He will never forsake you, He will never give up on you. Though you search the earth over, noone will ever love you as He loves you. It is unconditional, endless, overwhelming, pure love!
Because He created you and holds the blueprint of your life in His Hand and since He alone knows the plan, would it not make sense to call upon Him and see what that plan might be. It will not cost you anything – this number is free – but there was a price paid for you to have access to this number.
The price was paid by His Son, Jesus Christ, who left heaven, took on the form of man, laid down His life and died on the cross, bearing the sins of mankind, rose again from the dead and is now seated in Heaven with His Father. He shed His Blood for you and for me that we may have life eternally with Him. That blueprint the Father holds in His Hand was created in the Heavenly Counsel Room – where Father, Son and Holy Ghost convened and put together your destiny. It was sealed with the Heavenly Seal and was written not in the mere ink of men, but in red – written with the Blood of the Lamb – Christ Jesus Himself.
No one can erase it, change it, duplicate it, steal it – it is yours for the taking – one condition though – call upon Him – receive Him into your life and His promise is that He will be with you always and that He Himself will lead you on the path of Life all the way Home