Last month, Tami and I enjoyed spending a few days with our kids in the mountains of southern Colorado near La Veta. While Newton County was dealing with triple digit temperatures, we were chilling in the low 50s at night and upper 70s during the day with very low humidity. I can hear some of you thinking, “Why did you come back?”! It was a blessing to hang out with the granddaughters and share in some pretty creative activities.

Last month, Tami and I enjoyed spending a few days with our kids in the mountains of southern Colorado near La Veta. While Newton County was dealing with triple digit temperatures, we were chilling in the low 50s at night and upper 70s during the day with very low humidity. I can hear some of you thinking, “Why did you come back?”! It was a blessing to hang out with the granddaughters and share in some pretty creative activities.
Willa, 4 and Lula, 6 are getting very excited as they prepare for their elementary school days to begin in La Veta. Among the emerging skills they are developing is telephone etiquette. The girls demonstrated to us on several occasions how they would answer an incoming call. We applauded them on how well they followed the instructions provided by their parents.
This past Sunday I decided to call the kids in Colorado to see how things were going. It had been a couple of weeks since we had returned and I wanted to see how the school transition was going for Tim and Molly. It was early afternoon when I called and the phone rang 6 or 7 times before it was answered. In a very mannerly voice, Lula asked, “Who is speaking, please?” I was so proud! I was excited to hear about life on the ranch from her perspective. I replied to her inquiry, “It’s Papo!!!!!”, to which Lula quickly responded, “Papo, we’re having a picnic and this is not a good time to call. Can you call another time?” Who wants to be a ‘picnic wrecker’? I said I would and the conversation was over.
She was occupied and busy. I was a distraction. There wasn’t room for both. Communication with God is a two-way street. He speaks to us and we speak to Him. But sometimes I’m busy and occupied when God calls. He becomes a distraction. But when I call Him, He NEVER turns a deaf ear. He’s NEVER too busy. He ALWAYS has time for me!!!! Don’t you think it’s time to call Him??? God Bless You!

Doug Gripka is the pastor of Newtonia Baptist Church and writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.