CLOSET   5'?m2f Hearing God's voice, prayer, God's will, Balaam

LIZ -- (enters wearing carpenter's apron, carrying lumber and a

AMY -- (enters opposite) Well, don't you look like a carpenter?!

LIZ -- The guy at the lumber store sold me everything I'd need.

AMY -- Need. Need for what?

LIZ -- I'm building a prayer closet.

AMY -- A what?

LIZ -- A prayer closet.

AMY -- Why do you think you need a prayer closet? Don't you
already have a quiet place to read the Bible and pray?

LIZ -- Yes. But it's not a prayer closet.

AMY -- And what does a prayer closet have that you don't already

LIZ -- R-19.

AMY -- R-19.

LIZ -- Yes, R-19 insulation. When I'm done with it, my prayer
closet will be completely isolated from the outside world.

AMY -- But, when you close the door to your room you're isolated
from the outside world.

LIZ -- Not R-19 isolated. The lumber store guy says that with
R-19 insulation, a 747 could fly over my house and I could still
hear a pin drop inside my prayer closet!

AMY -- Is it important for you to hear pins dropping?

LIZ -- Silly goose! It's a figure of speech! The reason I need
it so quiet is so I can be sure that there won't be any

AMY -- I don't know how to tell you this, but R-19 insulation is
not going to remove your distractions.

LIZ -- It won't?

AMY -- No.

LIZ -- I knew it! I should have bought R-30! (turns, nearly
hitting Amy in the head with the lumber)

AMY -- (ducks) R-30 won't do it either.

LIZ -- It won't?

AMY -- No.

LIZ -- Well, how much insulation do I need?! My walls can only
be so thick! Any thicker and I'll have to get a new construction

AMY -- No, you don't understand. Most of your distractions are
not from noise or anything else external. Most of your
distractions are from within.

LIZ -- Well, the inside of my prayer closet will have no
pictures. It won't even have wall paper.

AMY -- I'm talking about the inside of your head!

LIZ -- Oh. I had the feeling I was taking the wrong approach. I
think I'll go back to Plan A.

AMY -- What was Plan A?

LIZ -- A 2000 watt audio amplifier.

AMY -- A 2000 watt audio amplifier. I'm not sure I want to hear
about this.

LIZ -- (ignoring the last comment) You see, with all the
distractions, I wasn't sure I would be able to hear God's voice.
But, but if I could get God to use a 2000 watt audio

AMY -- ...God would talk louder.

LIZ -- Yes.

AMY -- (exiting) Stick to the prayer closet.

LIZ -- Wait a minute! You just said that a prayer closet
wouldn't work!

AMY -- (stops, turns) A 2000 watt audio amplifier won't work

LIZ -- Oh, sure. Go ahead. Burst my balloon.

AMY -- Listen, I don't want to hurt your feelings.

LIZ -- Well, just tell me, then, just how am I supposed to know
what God's will is for my life?

AMY -- (exiting) Read your Bible.

LIZ -- Wait a minute.

AMY -- (stops, turns) What?

LIZ -- That's too easy.

AMY -- Yeah, life is like that sometimes.

LIZ -- It can't be that simple.

AMY -- Why not?

LIZ -- Well, what about the distractions?

AMY -- What about the distractions?

LIZ -- What if God is trying to tell me something and I'm too
distracted to hear him?

AMY -- I'm afraid you've forgotten the lesson of Balaam and his

LIZ -- What does Balaam have to do with distractions?

AMY -- Balaam was not even a believer. He was defying the will
of the Lord. But the Lord was able to communicate with him

LIZ -- ...Through the donkey. Oh.

AMY -- Do you think that the God who created the universe with
the spoken word doesn't have the technology to communicate with
you if he really wanted to?

LIZ -- I... I see what you're saying. If God really wanted to
communicate his will to me, there is no way I could keep him
from doing it.

AMY -- That's the way I see it.

LIZ -- Then, why am I doing this?

AMY -- You mean, other than because you have too small a view of

LIZ -- Why don't I feel like I know God's will?

AMY -- I can think of two reasons. The first possibility is that
you once knew God's will, but you just forgot it. The second
possibility is that you know God's will and you don't like it
and want to tell God to try again with something more
interesting. Plan B.

LIZ -- Oh.

AMY -- So, which is it for you?

LIZ -- Both. When I first became a Christian, I was really hot
for Jesus. I wanted to know more about him. I wanted to BE like
him. But I thought I graduated to the next level. But there is
no next level. That's always what God wants for me, to know him
more and to be more like him.

AMY -- (exiting) Naw, that's too simple.

LIZ -- (follows) Say, did I ever tell you about Plan C?

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