It started out with the cocktail party effect. We were sitting in a crowded noisy room. The evening before had been a blast; my sister’s wedding party. Now people were chatting, drinking loads of coffee, saying good bye and just having fun. Kids were running all over. The cocktail party effect is described as being the ability to concentrate and be attentive in a conversation under such circumstances. One of my other sisters was sitting at the table 100 % focused on our conversation.
Suddenly another phenomenon occurred. My sister said: “Arggh!” put down her coffee, rose from the chair and rushed out. The rest of us then became aware of the reason for this body language; from somewhere down in the basement in this fairly big building we could hear a young girl’s voice. “Finished!!” She was shouting at the top of her voice. Apparently she was in the bathroom. Her mother took action.
And two things hit me: The little 4-year-old’s confidence that somebody would come to her rescue. Maybe an uncle, aunt or of course her mommy. She just had to shout loud enough and keep on until something happened. The next thing was the ability of a mother to hear the kid’s voice through all the noise. In a cocktail party you would also be able to hear your own name mentioned a few meters away even if you’re totally focused on another group of people.
Have no doubt. Even if you think God is busy he still will listen and come to your rescue. The Psalm describes a person being confident in God’s love;
“He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.”