“Ask the LORD your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.” Isaiah 7:11
You are driving along the highway on the way to visit a friend. Directions to her home are sketchy at best. You’re looking for some sort of landmark, anything to show you’re on the right road. You have an idea of where you’re going … well kind of … you press on. As the sun sets it begins to get dark. Now you’re more than just a little concerned. It’s getting harder to see where you are going. You consider turning back, thinking this journey was a big mistake. That’s when you may even start to pray: “Lord give me a sign.”
Isn’t it like this sometimes when you’re travelling down the road we call life? You start out being sure you’ve heard from God in making a certain decision. You’re on the road to fulfilling your dream but your car breaks down or your bicycle wobbles precariously over rocks and gravel. Things aren’t looking too good. You continue on, but the situation get worse. A medical emergency causes you to divert down a horrible dirt track where you get a flat tire or the chain from the bicycle falls off. As you make it back on to the main road you get into a terrible accident. Your car (or bicycle) is totaled. What do you do now? You’ve been praying and praying and praying. You are barely holding on. Oh, if only God would send you a sign …
Can you relate? Well I certainly can. There are days when I swear God has put me on hold indefinitely or redirected my calls to an answering machine because I hear absolutely nothing from Him, not one single word. I begin to doubt myself, become unsure of whether to turn right or left or just keep going straight. I don’t know what to do. I can’t see a single sign. I want to turn back.
But God does send signs; they may just be a little unusual. Like the post on Facebook which I stumbled upon one night featuring the famous rapper/actor DMX – who apparently felt the same way I did. He wanted a sign from God so badly he even wrote and recorded a song which was kind of good for me because when I need a little inspiration now I turn it up to the max. Then I ask the Lord to give me a sign, to send me anything no matter how small so I would know He still loves me and will always encourage me so I don’t give up.
So what’s in a sign or rather what does a sign look like? Well it could be very small like a hug or call from a friend, an e-mail from someone you haven’t heard from in a while. It could be a little more significant like an amazing big blue sky with silky clouds or a sweet flower in your garden. It could be all-encompassing like a profound verse in the bible or special quote which speaks to you; it could be that gentle peace in your heart which you can’t explain because what you are going through is just so overwhelming, yet you know that everything’s going to turn out all right – somehow. These are just a few of the signs God sends for us (including a song by DMX with serious lyrics) … we just have to be still and look for them. You might even find one with your name on it like I did 🙂
In the meantime take a breath, come up for air and here’s DMX. Really really listen to the words and if you feel lost, ask the Lord to give you a sign; He will send it.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV)
Excerpt: “I’m gonna make it wrong or right, Make it through the darkest night, When the morning comes you’ll see, All I have is God in me, Lord give me a sign!”