“Ask the LORD your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.” Isaiah 7:11
There have been several searches showing up on my blog for this phrase or some derivative: “Lord please give me a sign!” I do have a post with that title and after reading it, some readers actually leave comments explaining in a few words why they need a sign or why they are looking for one from God in the first place. It’s actually the most read post every single day. Maybe it’s because a sign positively points us in the right direction, keeps us on track and helps us not to get lost (well most of us anyway) but it is a fact that life can be so hard we can miss the most obvious of signs as more and more of us:
- struggle to make ends meet
- work harder than hard at the office while remaining pleasant to the back stabbers and rumour mongers
- try to smile in church at the parishioner who persists in bad talking our good name with others
- love the spouse who seems more unloveable than normal
- struggle to be patient with the teenager or child who persists in testing our patience beyond its limits
- deal with the loss of a loved one or manage a terminal illness
- try to fit more hours into our days
This list is not exhaustive but beware: the devil sends intense situations to distract us and this is exactly when we may think we need an indication (or two or three) from God confirming we are still on His path. Isn’t it great then to get a little love or hug from the Father to encourage us to keep moving forward one day at a time, one step at a time? Things like seeing a beautiful flower growing out of a rock or a rainbow thrown across a blue sky after lots of rain, getting a call from a friend, a $50 bill turning up in a pocket or handbag (just like that!), an invitation to lunch, a surprise comment from your boss saying job well done, a situation where the mouth of the lion was figuratively closed while you stood in its den like Daniel – can you agree?
For example, my neighbour’s female dog is ready to mate. Nathan’s dog (isn’t he cute in the photo above?) is going totally berserk as a result because although really old – like the dog is at least 80 in dog years – he thinks he can still be a stud (go figure). So he barks and barks and barks all night long at the female who persists in putting her big behind right opposite his nose on the other side of the fence. Not being able to take it anymore he then digs a big hole under the fence – twice! – and gets into the neighbour’s yard. But guess what? He’s still tied … like seriously? How was that ever going to work? And did I mention that he is really small and the female dog is really huge? And now as result of his overactive hormones, I have to stop what I’m doing to call my neighbour on her mobile and she has to come out (from whatever she is doing) to free him, put him on a lead and get him back to me so I can return him to where I know he belongs but where he does not want to be. The sign that God is with us? At least my neighbour and I actually get to talk to each other other than wave from afar in the distance, catch up on each other’s news and lament together on how very very silly dogs can be. She even lent me a longer thicker stronger tie-out chain …. errr, ok. I took that as a sign too which meant ‘let me help you to keep your dog in by you and not out by me for the time being!’
Sometimes it’s not totally clear but God’s loving signs are all around us, evidence of His promises never to leave us or forsake us. Let’s therefore try our best to keep the faith while taking the time to truly see what is all around us.
Has God shown you His love recently? Leave a note in the comments and thanks for visiting.