June 1 – Thoughts About God For My Grandkids

June 1

 

Bible Reading: John 12:20-50

 

Topic Summary:

 

God speaks to our hearts through the Bible and prayer.  But often, we either don’t listen, or, we don’t recognize His voice when He speaks.

 

Thoughts about God for My Grandkids:

 

What do all of these cartoon characters have in common?

 

  • Bugs Bunny (“Eh, what’s up, doc?”)
  • Daffy Duck
  • Porky Pig
  • Tweety Bird
  • Sylvester the Cat
  • Yosemite Sam
  • Foghorn Leghorn
  • Marvin the Martian
  • Pepe´ Le Pew
  • Speedy Gonzales
  • Wile E. Coyote
  • Road Runner
  • Tasmanian Devil
  • Barney Rubble
  • Woody Woodpecker
  • Private Snafu
  • Cosmo Spacely
  • Dino the Dinosaur
  • Speed Buggy
  • Captain Caveman
  • Wally Gator
  • Toucan Sam

 

The voices of every one of them was made by the same man…Mel Blanc.  But that’s not all.  He did many, many more voices.  In fact, he was called the “Man of 1000 Voices.”  For instance, he did the voice of the cartoon character, “Sy, the little Mexican”.  Sy only spoke one word at a time.  In one routine Sy responded to a series of four questions by answering, “Si´…Sy …Sue …sew”.  Is that funny, or what?  Okay, I guess you have to hear it for yourself.  Mel also appeared on many television shows such as The John Murray Show, The Jack Benny Program, The Joe Penner Show, The Abbot and Costello Show, Burns and Allen, and others.  Mel died on July 10, 1989 at 81-years-old.  On his headstone is a line he made famous in the voice of Porky Pig, “That’s all folks”.

You may not have heard of many of these cartoon characters.  You may not have heard of any of them.  But trust me, when I was growing up, and when your parents were growing up, they were famous.  All you had to do was hear one of them speak and you immediately knew which character it was, even if you were not looking at the television.  And here is the funny thing.  There is a good chance that no one would recognize Mel Blanc’s actual voice.  We knew the voices of all of his cartoon characters…but not his own, personal voice.  What did he really sound like when he spoke?  I don’t know.

 

One day, a group of Greeks, people who were not Jewish by birth, but who had decided to follow the Jewish religion, came and requested to meet with Jesus.  Jesus told them that it was time for Him to be “glorified”.  He said that in the same way that when a seed is buried in the ground and it then produces fruit that proves that it is wheat…so, He would be buried in the ground and would then produce fruit (His resurrection) that would prove Who He really was.  When that happened He would be “glorified”.  He told them that in order to follow Him they must be willing to give up their lives for Him.  He then prayed to the Father.  Suddenly, a voice came out of Heaven.  God actually spoke out loud, audibly…so that the people could hear Him.  The people were startled.  “Did you hear that?  What was that?”  Someone said, “I think it was thunder.”  Someone else said, “I think it was an angel!”  But Jesus said that God had spoken out loud so that the people would know that what He had just said was true.

Strange, isn’t it?  People hear God speak through His creation.  They hear His voice when they see all that He has made…and know that it could not exist without Him.  People hear God speak through His laws.  They hear His voice when they see the design and orderliness of the universe…and know that it would be random and chaotic without Him.  And yet, God speaks out loud…and they fail to recognize His voice.  “It thundered!”  “An angel spoke!”  No, God spoke out loud.  We’re not accustomed to hearing God speak out loud, in an audible voice that we can hear with our ears.  In fact, I can count on one hand the number of times that I’ve heard God speak out loud.  Okay, I can count on one finger…  Actually, I’ve never heard God speak “out loud”.  But I have heard Him speak “in loud” (I just made that phrase up).  If hearing God with your ears is “out loud”…then hearing God with your heart is “in loud” (because your heart is inside of you).  There have been times when I’ve been praying and suddenly a thought would come to mind…it seemed to come out of nowhere.  But it didn’t really.  It was God speaking “in loud”.  Sometimes I will be reading the Bible and all of a sudden I understand something that I had been struggling with.  Again, God had spoken “in loud”.  At other times, I will be trying to give advice, or counsel, to someone about a problem and as clear as a bell I hear God speak “in loud” and tell me what to say.  God does speak to us.  That’s not the problem.  The problem is…will you recognize His voice when He speaks?  Or, will you just think, “Oh, I’ve got a good idea (it thundered).”  Or, “I think I’ve figured this out (an angel spoke).”

How do you learn to recognize God’s “in loud” voice?  You spend time talking with Him…not to Him…with Him.  You read the Bible…and then listen with your heart.  You pray…and then listen with your heart.  And as you do…you will begin to recognize God’s voice as He speaks to your heart…”in loud”.  The more you read the Bible and the more you pray…the more you will hear God speak “in loud”.

 

Love you more than bunches and bunches,

Granddad

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