“Hush, Rachel’s talking to Me.” It was a line in a children’s musical from years ago. A little girl was kneeling by her bed, saying prayers before she went to sleep. The scene shifts to heaven where the angels are singing and praising God. Holding up His hand, God calls for quiet so he can hear what Rachel is saying.
The point isn’t that God has trouble focusing on a little girl’s prayer or that heaven’s throne room is loud and chaotic. The message was that God cares for each of us so much that our every prayer is important to Him.
The psalmist wrote: “I love the Lord because He hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath” (116:1,2).
I know when we pray we are not passing on news to God. He is never taken by surprise. He knows all there is to know about each of us – our circumstances, our fears, our joys, our minds, our hearts. The ongoing conversation called prayer is an invitation into a deeper relationship with One who cannot love us more or less.
This past week, Kim and I attended a presentation at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. The universe was displayed before us in all its majesty and immensity. As we traveled deeper into space, we quickly passed through our solar system and began a journey into the vastness of the cosmos that staggers the imagination.
The narrator spoke of billions of stars and systems, characteristics of various constellations, overwhelming distances, and humanity’s attempts to penetrate further and further. The one thing he didn’t mention was the most important detail. Creation doesn’t happen without a Creator. Science that seeks to exclude God is just bad science.
Gazing at the incredible sights in the presentation, we both felt small … but not insignificant. Like Rachel, when we pray, the God who created the universe pays attention. In Isaiah, we find these words: “But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the One who formed you says, ‘Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine” (43:1).
We may live on a small planet in the midst of a huge universe, but each of us matters to God.
“Hush, Rachel’s talking to Me.” You can fill in your name, if you want.