Communication Link by Robin Densmore Fuson
How are our communication skills? Where does Communication break down?
Last week we went to the Kennedy Space Center. I hadn’t been there in about eighteen years. I’d forgotten some of what took place on Apollo 11’s trip to the moon. The command center, Mission Control (pictured) lost communication with the tiny (in comparison to the Saturn V) capsule named the Eagle, as it careened toward the Moon.
Command couldn’t see or hear the men far away from Earth. Did they crash? Did the capsule ping off into outer space? The unknown gripped them. Communication briefly came back, lost, back, gone, then finally a good signal. They breathed easier.
Those unforgettable words, “The Eagle has landed,” may never have been heard here on Earth had the communication been lost forever. Those men might’ve been stranded.
Communication is vital in so many areas of our lives. Work, school, parent to child, husband to wife, and most importantly human to God. When we are out of fellowship with the Lord, we feel lonely, isolated, and unsure of what we need to do. Are our prayers being heard or do they hit the ceiling? I’ve been there.
Is God silent because He doesn’t need to talk to us because we’re doing fine? Or do we not hear Him because there is a barrier we’ve created, called sin? We always need to keep close sin accounts. When we do something wrong, we need to tell the Lord and ask for forgiveness. That opens up communication again.
Of course, all our sin, past, present, and future has been paid in full by our Savior, Jesus Christ on the Cross, but our hearts need to be open to the Lord. Sin blocks out communication, like the lost signal from the Eagle to Mission Control.
What do we do? The psalmist David said, Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. (Psalm 139: 23-24 nlt)
Talk to the Lord, and ask if there is any sin. Tell Him you’re sorry. Repent, which means to turn away from, and the line of communication opens up. We feel His presence and know our prayers fly through the ceiling to the mind of God.