Ever since the boys were little, Larry has had a signal to get their attention when they are not close by. His whistle can be heard from quite a distance, which is how I prefer to hear it. Up close and personal it is a little too loud for me. It does serve its purpose though in letting the boys know they need to respond and come see what is needed.
Brad and Chad were in 3rd or 4th grade, they went on a
Royal Ambassador campout with the church.
Larry was one of the sponsors for the Friday and Saturday event. On Saturday afternoon, the boys had been
gathering different things and asked permission to go more into the wooded area
to explore. When it was time to begin
packing up, Larry whistled for the boys.
Several of the dads laughed and wanted to know if he thought that would really
work. A few minutes later, Brad and
Chad, followed by the other boys, ran into the clearing and wanted to know what
Larry needed. They recognized their
often thought about the importance of that communication.
knew the sound of their father’s whistle.
had been taught to listen for the whistle.
knew not to go too far of a distance so that they could still hear when called.
knew that when they heard the whistle, they needed to respond.
like knowing our earthly father’s voice, it is important to recognize our
Heavenly Father’s voice. We need to
learn to listen when He speaks. It is
important to not get so far “away” and involved in situations or events that it
makes it difficult to discern what He wants.
And when He speaks, it is important to respond immediately.
2 The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd
of his sheep. 3 The
watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls
his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When
he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow
him because they know his voice.
“I am the good
shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—
just as the Father knows me and
I know the Father—and I lay down
my life for the sheep.
listen to my voice; I know them,
and they follow me.