Signs. Those of us who believe in an unseen singular God oftentimes look for signs from Him. How silly of us to ask for proof of something permanently unseen, right? What we truly seek is to comfort ourselves while entrenched in a worldview that screams, “Nuh uh, I don’t see it, and I'm unhappy. Therefore it is not there.”
I let these human tricks of mind and matter bog me down sometimes. I don’t stop believing. I simply buy into the human incessant nagging for signs. And yet, signs are all around existing as a reminder. I’d like to share a recent experience risking eye rolls from the masses.
A few weeks ago I reluctantly pulled myself out of bed to run on the treadmill of which I’d rather beat with a sledge. While hating every monotonous step, I began to pray for signs. Not for me, but for someone close to me. Not to prove the existence of God, but to prove this person’s need for God. Soon enough I started to dwell on the fact that we simply don’t have proof. In anger, I asked those age old questions that plague believers regularly …
"Why can’t YOU prove yourself?"
"Why can’t YOU do something?"
"Can’t you see those of us down here waiting for YOU to take a step?"
As soon as I mouthed the last question a song by David Crowder Band began on my iPod, a song that I had never heard before, one that my husband added to the mix the day previous. Usually I would not share lyrics on my blog, but here goes. (I linked it up so you can listen to it if you would like.) If it impacted my life then surely it will touch someone out in internet land…
Send me a sign
A hint, a whisper.
Throw me a line
‘Cause I am listening.
Come break the quiet
Breathe your awakening.
Bring me to life
‘Cause I am fading.
Surround me wish the rush of angels’ wings.
Shine your light so I can see You.
Pull me up; I need to be near You.
Hold me, I need to feel love.
Can You overcome this heart that’s overcome?
You sent a sign,
a hint, a whisper.
Heaven is listening.
Death laid love quiet.
Yet in the night a stirring
All around—-The rush of angels’ wings.
Shine Your light so all can see it.
Lift it up ‘cause the whole world needs it.
Love has come what joy to hear it.
HE has overcome!
He has overcome!
Oh the wonder of the greatest love has come.
Today we ask for signs, but the truth is our sign came and overcame death. Frankly it is selfish to ask the author of our lives for more considering what he did for us. Faith IS believing in things unseen. We won’t find proof because that defeats the purpose of faith entirely doesn’t it, and negates God's wish for us to love Him out of freewill.
Today when we believe, WE are the world’s sign. The most harm is done to Christianity when we waver and selfishly require him to prove himself over and over after all he's already done. We will be left wanting every time if more proof is required to win a love that should be based on faith and the sacrifice of a sign sent 2000 years ago. He came to overcome the need for signs, and still we missed it.
You spoke to me through music again, Lord. Thank you.