The Parable Of The Telegraph

A long time ago when the telegraph was the fastest means of communication, they were looking for someone to operate such a device. Knowledge of the Morse-code was of course an absolute pre-requisite. Each letter is encoded by a combination of long and short signals.

A young man applied for the job and was invited for an interview. After getting registered at the reception desk of the company, he took a seat in the waiting room next to seven other applicants. There he was surrounded by numerous kinds of noises such as the rattling of a typewriter, the humming of diverse machines and the beeping of a telegraph in the background.

After a while, the young man got up and went into the manager`s office. The other applicants were surprised at his unusual behavior but thought that he had just disqualified himself by that unsolicited move. A little later the manager accompanied the young man back into the waiting room and told the others: „Thank you very much for coming, gentlemen, but the job has already been taken.“

The other applicants became indignant and said: „He was the last one who came. We had no chance at all. How unfair!“ The manager replied: „I’m sorry but I was addressing all of you the whole time in Morse-code, saying: If you can understand this message, come right in! The job is yours.“

We, too, are surrounded by numerous voices, offers and messages which demand our attention. Sometimes we miss the gentle voice in the background that wants to invite us for deeper fellowship with God. Are you also distracted or do you listen what kind of blessing God wants to provide for you today?

“Take heed therefore how you hear: for whosoever has, to him shall be given; and whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that which he thinks he has. “

Gospel of Luke, ch. 8, verse 18

Jesus told people a similar story. At the end there were also some who were complaining. They were told:

“Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? or is your eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last. “

Gospel of Matthew, ch. 20, verses 15-16