The devil got my cell phone num­ber?

Record Observer - - Religion -

I am not one eas­ily rat­tled. When I am rat­tled, look out for any­thing can hap­pen.

For the most part, I try to stay calm, cool and col­lected. Then there are times when I have had enough and I am not go­ing to take it any­more.

When I am rat­tled about some­thing, it is not small or in­signif­i­cant. I can swat pesky lit­tle bugs all of my life and never get rat­tled by a bug.

Lately, some things have been de­vel­op­ing “in my world,” that has me more than a lit­tle con­cerned. In fact, it is bor­der­ing on the ter­ri­tory of be­ing rat­tled. Some­thing needs to be done be­cause if I am rat­tled in this area, look out!

I am not sure if I am just now notic­ing it or if it has been here for a while. When I got my cell phone, I was un­der the im­pres­sion the only peo­ple who would have my cell phone num­ber would be those I gave it to. I am not one to give out my cell phone num­ber to just any­body. If you have my cell phone num­ber, you are in a high-level cat­e­gory of BFFs.

I be­lieve sin­cerely that the devil has hacked into my cell phone, col­lected my cell phone num­ber and is sell­ing my num­ber to the most de­spi­ca­ble peo­ple he owns.

Lately, I have been get­ting po­lit­i­cal calls. Peo­ple tr ying to in­ter­view me con­cern­ing the up com­ing elec­tion. They want me to con­trib­ute to po­lit­i­cal polls be­ing eval­u­ated. They want my opin­ion and they have a whole slew of ques­tions they are go­ing to be ask­ing me.

I know they do not want my opin­ion be­cause all of th­ese calls are what is called Robo calls. In other words, is not an ac­tual per­son ask­ing th­ese ques­tions, but rather a ma­chine. If you think for one mo­ment that I am go­ing to carry on a con­ver­sa­tion with some ma­chine, you do not have all your wires con­nected.

How they get my cell phone num­ber, is be­yond me. It prob­a­bly is their close con­nec­tion with the devil him­self.

I have also been get­ting calls from some com­pany that feels I am in some sort of pain. They call and say I re­quested on their web­site this pain so­lu­tion. Now, what they want to know is it my back pain, or el­bow pain, or a knee pain?

I have been so fed up with th­ese calls that I fi­nally said, “I do have a pain in the neck.” To which, I got an excited re­ply as to how they could help my pain in the neck.

You know what’s com­ing. I told them that the pain in my neck was them call­ing me and if they want to help this pain in the neck go away to stop call­ing me, for Pete’s sake.

I just about had it with this. The ques­tion I wres­tle with is, should I lie to th­ese peo­ple call­ing me?

For in­stance. Some­body called me last week telling me they no­ticed a cer­tain virus on my com­puter and if I would al­low them ac­cess to my com­puter they could fix my com­puter. Talk about a pain in the neck!

This was about the 15th time this com­pany called me of­fer­ing to fix my com­puter. So, I thought if they are go­ing to waste my time by call­ing me, maybe I should waste their time by tr ying to get them to fix my com­puter.

“Oh yes,” I said as excited as I could sound, “please fix my com­puter for me.”

Now they wanted me to turn my com­puter on and so forth and so on. I must con­fess that at the time I wasn’t on my com­puter I was on my cell phone.

They gave me in­struc­tions and I obeyed them, or at least I told him I was obey­ing him.

“All right,” I said, “My com­puter is on what I do next?” I will con­fess to you if you prom­ise not to tell any­body, but I did not have my com­puter on.

Then they gave me in­struc­tions that I was to go to a cer­tain web­site.

“Okay,” I said, “I’m there, what do I do now?”

They gave me a pass­word I was sup­posed to use to get ac­cess to them so they could get ac­cess to my com­puter. “Have you done it yet?” “Yes, I punched it in and what I do next?”

“Some­thing’s wrong,” the per­son at the other end of the phone said. “You must not have put in the right pass­word. Let me give it to you again.”

He gave it to me again, which in turn I gave it back to him, again.

This went on for about 20 min­utes and the per­son on the other end of my cell phone was get­ting very frus­trated and bor­der­line an­gry. I, on the other end of the cell phone, could hardly con­trol my laugh­ter.

By the time he hung up, he was very frus­trated and could not un­der­stand why it was not work­ing.

Af­ter this per­son hung up on me and I quit laugh­ing, I thought of what David said. “Give them ac­cord­ing to their deeds, and ac­cord­ing to the wicked­ness of their en­deav­ors: give them af­ter the work of their hands; ren­der to them their desert” (Psalms 28:4).

Some­times giv­ing back what you get can bring you to a cer­tain level of joy you did not have be­fore.

Dr. James L. Sny­der is pas­tor of the Family of God Fel­low­ship, Ocala, FL 34483, where he lives with the Gra­cious Mis­tress of the Par­son­age. Tele­phone 1-866-5522543, email jamess­ny­ Web­site is www.jamess­ny­der­min­

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