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Monday, July 19, 2010

Just Give Me A Sign, God

Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. Caused by high-speed particles ejected from the Sun, they are most commonly observed during periods of maximum sunspots. From The Beauty of the Heavens by Charles F Blount (London, 1845). Coloured lithograph.

Do you ever feel like you just need a sign from God?  If so, you’re not alone.

In Jesus’ day, the religious leaders were always demanding a sign from heaven.  Something to “validate” Jesus’ words. 

This didn’t resonate with Jesus very well. 

[Jesus] sighed deeply and said, "Why does this generation ask for a miraculous sign? I tell you the truth, no sign will be given to it."  Mark 8:12

Ouch!  When Jesus “sighs deeply”, something must be wrong.

To put Mark 8 in context, you have to read the prior chapters.  Jesus had just healed the sick, walked on water, and fed thousands and thousands of people.  He had given plenty of “signs”!  Yet, the religious leaders still missed it.  They probably wanted a political sign – or a magic show that would display worldly power and authority.  Healing the sick and feeding hungry people probably isn’t what they had in mind.

Over 2000 years later, and some things never change.  I hear myself telling God, “If you’d just do this one thing, I’ll know it’s you speaking.”  Or, worse yet, I tell God that I’m entitled to a sign before I choose to demonstrate faith.

Yet the signs are all around me.  Just because the sign I want isn’t the sign I get, it doesn’t mean that God isn’t speaking.  Sometimes, we just choose to wear earplugs.  Or the noise around us is so incredibly loud that, even when God does speak, we still can’t hear very well.   

For example, yesterday morning in church, I was singing a song that I've sang dozens and dozens of times.  But somehow, I had totally missed the words before.  And I heard them for the very first time.  They pierced my soul, and I found myself silently weeping.  How could I have missed it before?  God was speaking directly to my heart, yet I've been too busy asking him for a "sign."

Have you recently had one of those ah ha moments?  Instead of asking for a sign, I suggest we look around us, take out the earplugs, and turn down the volume.  We may just have the sign we've been looking for.


Laura said...

Oh, yes, I've had those "aha" moments -- and they came precisely as you described. The earbuds were out, the electronic devices were off, and I was usually gazing at His creation. You think we'd learn!

"Jesus sighed." Wonder how many times that appears in scripture?

Jean Wise said...

So true. I had an ah-ha moment yesterday. Worshiping at a church, different denomination and type of service for me. Perhaps that heightened my awareness. Made me look anew at my surroundings and to see with new eyes. Good lesson

Heidiopia said...

Maybe you hadn't "missed" God's voice... maybe He was choosing His time for you to hear it. I always pray that I'll recognize the signs he sends my way and not be so caught up in analyzing and trying to "figure things out" that I'm not listening for Him. Great post!

Susan DiMickele said...

This was another "ah ha" moment tonight: "Maybe you hadn't "missed" God's voice... maybe He was choosing His time for you to hear it." Thanks Heidi!

Graceful said...

Wow, I can sure relate to this one, Susan! And like you...I've found myself weeping in church when I finally quieted myself enough to hear Him.