Signs are wonderful things. They can convey all sorts of important information… to anyone who can interpret the message.
When I visited Italy for the first time and drove the unfamiliar streets, the traffic signs which were meaningful to the locals were confusing to me. Blessedly, I was able to safely navigate from point A to point B, but it was an exciting adventure.
Directional signs take on critical importance when entering unknown territory. This is especially true in our faith walk. When dealing with knotty decisions, I am tempted to ask for a sign from God to show me what to do. But if something happens which seems to point to one choice or the other, I wonder if it is God’s message or merely my own wishful thinking, misinterpretation, or a random coincidence. I yearn for something bold to point me in the right direction; nothing less than a hand writing on the wall will do.
However, that’s not usually the way God speaks to us today. First of all, He speaks through the Bible. If the choice I’m dealing with is addressed in His word, I don’t need signs or wonders. Many times the clearly recognizable signs such as Stop, Wait, and Yield are there for all to see. He also speaks to us through that still small voice of conscience, but we must listen carefully.
Before we had the clear message of the Bible and the gift of the Holy Spirit, God anointed prophets to interpret His signs to His people.
Those of us who are not prophets do not have the gift of interpretation to let us know if a leaf blown across our path is a sign from God to turn around, or a sign that it’s a windy day. We must rely on our knowledge of God’s word and sensitivity to His leading through the Holy Spirit. If I am stymied by my options in a situation, I need to get back to these basics and trust God to carry me through.
What’s my sign? I think I’ll choose One Way: God’s way.
Original Version May 26, 2013