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My God Show me a Sign
Miracles happen all the time.
It is a marvelous example that appears to be contrary to the laws of nature. In the Bible, we read about the miracles of Jesus. God’s miracles show us he is present.
A miracle is defined as a phenomenal act of God; an event or action that is unexpected or extraordinary.
Miracles in the Bible performed by Jesus are well-known to many of us, such as raising Lazarus from the dead, walking on water, feeding thousands with single bread loaves, and all the works of healing he performed.
We know the stories; we read the series of events. We know the outcome of Jesus rising from the dead on the 3rd day.
In today’s age we have those big miracles publicized over the news; such as the rescue of the Chilean miners and their recovery effort, or the most recent event on the miraculous healing of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. After being shot in the head, it has been recorded she is recovering at "lightning speed.”
I know it’s a God-thing.
Sometimes the expression it’s a God-thing is a matter-of-fact.
You know when it’s a God-thing when impossible things happen. It’s a miracle when you know the only way this was possible was because God had his hand on it.
Although the Bible was recorded thousands of years ago, we question the application in our lives today. Wondering if God still hears our prayers, we seek the answers to our problems.
When God shows me a sign
Does he care enough about my little world to do something dramatic for me?
It becomes personal. Encountering devastating circumstances in our lives we pray, we plead, we ask him to intervene in our lives. Oh please, God show me a sign.
I have lived a good life, complicated yes, in down whirl spirals, plenty of times. But God, oh yes, but God, has given me second chances. He turned things around for me when I didn’t know any better. He turned the light on when I was in the dark. He was my best friend when others forgot about me. He is and always will be my rock.
You know it is a God-thing when:
- In a down economy, you sell your house in 3 days.
- After submitting only 4 job applications, you get the job, and it’s on Good Friday.
- Your interior design dream job contacts you and hires you.
- Along with everyone else you lose your job, but now have the time to do what your heart desires.
- Realizing writing has always been a hunger in your soul, you get recognized for it.
- You are faced with a long term illness and it doesn’t define you.
- A car accident saves you from pride’s fierce control.
- On your 50th birthday party, your cousin shows up whom you haven’t seen in over 20 years.
- In critical condition, your mom has a sudden heart attack and stroke, and then survives for another 5 years.
- After years of trying, your daughter announces she is pregnant.
- Dying from cancer, your sister in law calls you every night to read the bible to her. In conclusion, she gets baptized and ultimately saved before she moves on to heaven.
- You finish the race with no regrets.
“For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.” – Psalm 33:4-5
As the Shepherd leads the Lamb
Jesus was with me
The day my father passed away, I was at work. Not feeling well all morning, I decided to move my work projects to another office. Sitting at a different desk all day, I felt I was coming down with something, maybe the flu. It was hard to breathe at times, almost feeling like I was suffocating. After my lunch break, I decided I was going to call it an early day and head home. Calling my husband to let him know my decision, he told me to get home right away. I didn’t understand. What was the emergency?
On my way home from work that Tuesday afternoon, I earnestly prayed. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Everything unimaginable passed through my head. Were my children ok? Did something happen? Left bewildered, I listened to the music on my radio. A song came on, “Lean on Me.” I’m quite familiar with this song by Bill Withers, it’s a classic.
Listening to the words of that song, I felt God speak to my heart. Jesus was riding in the car with me that day. He knew my world was about to turn upside down. God showed up for me on my drive home.
When I arrived home, I found out my dad had a massive heart attack that morning. My family had been trying to reach me all day and didn’t want to leave me a voice message. It was God’s presence with me that morning, moving me out of my regular office environment. It was a God thing when the song came on the radio just at the right moment.
After my dad’s passing, my world turned upside down. All the reality I had known was pressed out the door. My life was about to change.
For several months I visited his gravesite almost daily, and then spent the afternoons with my mom. Each time I left her house, the song; “What a wonderful world” from Louis Armstrong would play on the radio. It became my anthem.
Through the music, God showed up for me again. It was bittersweet; those moments when I could hear the words Mr. Armstrong sang with such great passion. I felt my dad’s presence was with me, a confirmation he was with my Savior. In a heavenly realm, it’s a wonderful world. God works in mysterious ways. His ways are not our ways, but His promises far outweigh our self-doubt.
Reflecting on those 2 songs, I see that God has never left my side. Making your life count is a dramatic rescue for me. It’s one of God’s saving graces in my life. He showed up once again reminding me that this life is not all there is, that there is so much more. It’s a wonderful world has taken me places beyond my most vivid imagination.
God’s miracles happen all the time. He reaches us through events in our lives, through the music of the ages, and through the people we touch. All he asks of us is with these 3 simple words, “Lean on Me.”
When I found out I had been nominated for the hubnugget, I was deeply moved. Being honored for the work I’ve been doing is not only a humbly experience but it’s a reality confirmation. It’s a God thing.
Making your life count is being recognized, oh yes, I am very blessed. God showed up once again.