by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Way back in the 1960s I had a very cool transistor radio. Oh, yeah. I surely did.
It even had an earphone you could plug in. Yep.
During the summer I took that thing with me everyday to the pool. My girlfriends and I spread out our towels, slathered ourselves with Coppertone oil, faced the sun, and listened to WINX AM 1600 radio, at the top of the dial, broadcast live from Rockville, Maryland. I even had a WINX Winker button that entitled me to win prizes if I called the station whenever the DJ announced my name over the air.
One day a friend at school asked what I won after my WINX Winker number was called the previous night around midnight. There was one slight problem. Who stays up 24-hours-a-day to listen for their number to be called? Surely not a seventh grader. The station was pretty sneaky, if you ask me.
At the time, WINX’s radio signal was rather weak during the daytime and you had to position the radio just right with the antenna stretched out at the proper angle to receive the signal. If a cloud passed over, fugetaboutit.
Do you have any idea how frustrating losing the signal is when The Association is on? AAAGGGHHH. Cherish is the word I use to describe …
In thinking about the weak semi-reliable radio signal and the interference that got in the way, I thought about the reliability of the strength of our connection to God. Our radio signal, if you will.
Is the signal God sends us getting through, or are we hiding behind something like Adam and Eve did in the Garden after they sinned?
Do we allow others to weaken our connection to God?
Do we let them get in the way of our service to him?
Do we keep ourselves so busy with stuff we don’t have time to hear Jesus’ voice over the noise of our lives?
Just as it sent shouts of “OH. NO.” raging through me whenever my radio lost the signal with WINX and interrupted one of my favorite songs, shouldn’t we shout, “OH. NO.” whenever we drift from God, put up walls, try to hide from his presence and in doing so, break the strength of his signal coming through?
If we expect to find the truth God has for us we need to look for it through his word and keep our ears open.
We need to make sure we don’t become deaf to his signals.
Fortunately, even though God is available to hear us 24-hours-a-day, we don’t need to sit around waiting for our WINX Winker number to be called to win a prize. As soon as we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior the jackpot becomes ours … eternal life with him in heaven. Glory hallelujah! Amen?
As much as I adored The Association, I love Jesus much, much more. He’s the one I want telling me he cherishes me.
How about you?
I was going to search for a different video than the one I chose below because of the presence of the man in the bottom left part of the screen, but figured it was perfect to illustrate how people can get in our way and interfere with our reception until we zoom in and keep our focus on what really matters.
For anyone interested, WINX still exists. It morphed into 94.3 FM. I assume it’s signal is stronger now. 🙂 I’ll need to check with Butter to find out.
Did you ever own a transistor radio? If so, how was the reception?
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What then? The people of Israel did not find what they were looking for. It was only the small group that God chose who found it; the rest grew deaf to God’s call. Romans 11:7 (GNT)
I wish you well.
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