Reason to SMILE #171: SIGNS
“It’s a sign,” I heard him say. He had made the decision to work away from home. His current job was making him miserable. He needed a change but this change included more than beginning a new job. It also included a new city and a new home away from his family – at least during the work week.
He set out to prepare for his move. He sold a few of his large possessions to build up some funds. He found his buyers fairly easy and he received the prices for which he asked. “It’s a sign,” he said that his decision was the right one.
Moving day arrived. Finding a place to stay was not as simple as finding buyers for his possessions but an apartment finally became available. He approached the front door of his new abode and noticed the welcome mat. “Believe in your dreams,” it read.
“That has to be a sign,” he concluded.
Have you ever looked for signs to help you make a decision in life? Have you ever asked God to show you a sign when life’s decisions seemed too difficult? I certainly have. At times, when I’ve been at my most desperate, I’ve even asked God to simply tell me the choice I should make. “Spell it out for me, God. Write it on the wall or in the sky. A Post-it® note will even do.”
I’m still waiting on those Post-it notes.
I do believe that God gives us signs in life – signs of His presence, signs of His love, signs of His promises, even signs that lead us along life’s journey – but I’ve learned that His signs aren’t always the flashing neon billboards that we desire. He’s usually a bit more subtle. You see, God is all about developing our character, growing our faith and building a relationship with us. He’d much rather we seek His direction and will for our lives through the study of His Word, through prayer, through our fellowship with Him and through the wisdom of mature Christians He places in our lives.
God wants to guides us along life’s journey but He won’t force us to follow Him. We have the power to choose. Unfortunately, we treat this gift of choice as if it were a second-hand trinket found at a yard sale. Instead of relying on the truth of God’s Word or the answers found in our daily communion with God, we base our decisions and choices on our desires and feelings. Then wanting confirmation of our decisions, we pray for a sign, anything that will substantiate our choices. We discard our faith in God and we find ourselves making major life decisions based on a message we read on a doormat.
Are you looking for a sign today? Try spending time with your Heavenly Father. Open up and read His Word. Talk to Him and wait for His answer. He will guide you if you choose to follow.
So, use that doormat for what it was meant and remember this: There’s no greater sign that you’re following God’s lead than the peace He puts in your heart. And a peaceful heart shows all over your face! 🙂