“The Lord answered, ‘I will be with you . . .’ Gideon replied, ‘If now I have found favor in Your eyes, give me a sign that it is really You talking to me’” (Judges 6:16a-17).
My strategy to ignore pain and discomfort during the eight-hour trip was to snap pictures. I started taking pictures of the scenery.
Then, a sign caught my eye. “Be prepared to stop.” My mind wandered.
In life, is it possible to prepare for the unexpected? Can we prepare for unwanted early retirement due to illness?
What signs are in our lives?
“Fog Area” — That’s my brain!
An eighteen wheeler rumbled by with a sign “Oversize Load.” — I’m carrying a heavy load. But God whispered, “Take My yoke upon you and … you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:29-30).
“In the Work Zone” signaled construction ahead. — I’m under construction! God reminded me that, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
“Power Line” warned construction workers. My strength is limited. I remember, “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13). And “the Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace” (Psalm 29:11).
Several sign filled me with gratitude:
A no crossing sign, with a diagonal line slashed across a walking person — I’m still able to walk.
“Safety Break Rest Area” — I’m able to rest when needed.
“Highest Point” and “Attraction Ahead” — God still blesses me with joys in the midst of my illness.
Then, I passed a blank sign. No message. . .
Father, sometimes You’ve been silent. I’ve needed You to guide me or comfort me. Is it okay to ask You for a sign?
Then, I recalled Gideon asked God for a sign.
Those signs along the road helped me endure the trip. They also prompted a “conversation” with God about my illness. Scripture is full of messages to help us endure our journey through life.
Prayer: Dear Father, When satan tried to tempt Your Son as He traveled in the wilderness, Your Word was His weapon. I’m so grateful to have access to the same sword of the Spirit–the Bible. Time and again, verses have silenced harmful thoughts the enemy has tempted me to entertain. Passages have comforted me and given me hope. Thank You for strengthening me and guiding my steps each day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
About the Author:
Vicki understands special needs as a patient, parent, and professor. She has had multiple sclerosis since 1993. Her 33 year old son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She’s taught special education as a teacher, administrator, and adjunct professor. Through her blog, she reaches out to other mothers of children with mental illness. http://mentalillnessmom2mom.net/
Vicki wrote a picture book about bullying: Heart Eyes: Beth and the Bullies. You can find out more about that book by visiting her Heart Eyes website: http://www.hearteyes.net
What road sign or billboard message would describe a part of your life?
This is Selah singing “Be Thou Near To Me.” Like Vicki shared, God is always near–sometimes in the least expected places, like driving down a road. But when we search out His voice, He will respond in ways that inspire us to keep moving forward step by step. -Lisa