Seeing life's events in the light of God's Word.

A Neon Sign

Isaiah 7:10, 11- “Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, “Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.”

A few days ago, my husband asked me to pick him up at the airport. Although he gave me good directions, I still managed to get in the wrong lane which took me out of the airport and back onto an unfamiliar freeway.

I kept driving for awhile, but when I didn’t recognize any of the exits as being near to our home (or the airport) I finally took an exit and ended up at a traffic light. Once I stopped, I prayed (yes, with tears in my eyes) for the Lord to give me a sign like He gave to Ahaz in Isaiah 7. 

It was then that I looked up and off to the right a short distance. The sign He gave me was neon in the late night sky. It said, OASIS HOSPITAL—a name I knew because my husband had a knee replacement there two years ago. 

I pulled into the parking lot and phoned my husband to let him know of my mistake and he took a taxi to where I was parked.

Hallelujah! God had answered my prayer in a BIG way. I could still see the hospital’s gigantic sign in my rear-view mirror for miles.

I often talk to people who have told me they feel like their life has taken a wrong turn. Even though they had once felt close to God, lately they felt lost and alone. I remind them that God is still there—always has been and always will be. However, we often let the things of this life interfere with our relationships with Him. It could be a bad decision or perhaps a wandering away and forsaking our quiet time with Him. It might be the influences of the world.

But, whatever it is, I promise you God is waiting to take you back into a deep and meaningful relationship with Him. If you’ve been a wandering child, tell your Heavenly Father TODAY that you desire to resume fellowship with Him.

When problems come, He will be right there with you. Ready to guide in the right direction.

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Don’t Go It Alone

John 14:19- “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

When going through some papers in my home office last week, I came across the words to a song that saddened me as I read them.

It began, “I’m an orphan, now…”

I know very well the depth of pain and anguish that come to those who lose their parents.

What a blessing it is to be a Christian and be assured that our Heavenly Father loves us and will not forsake us. He is always with us—to guide us, comfort us, bring us peace and wisdom when we need it. 

We never have to go it alone because we are children of the King! Members of God’s family.

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A Beautiful Year Ahead

2 Corinthians 13:11b- “…Encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.”

Since my mother’s passing, I have spent quite a bit of time going through hundreds of newspaper clippings she saved over the years. If she kept them, they must have impacted her in one way or another—and reading them gives me more insight into the unique woman that she was.

One of the ones I was reading today was a poem about what would be a beautiful year ahead. As I read through it, here are a few phrases that stood out:

The breeze in my hair.

Nights filled with stars.

Running barefoot in the grass.

Clouds of yellow butterflies.

A talk with a friend.

The touch of a hand.

A robin’s sweet song.

A year of peace and love.

I can’t help but think that a year—and a world—of peace and love, is just what Jesus would like for each of us to have, too. So, I join with my sweet mother, in prayer for a world which, in 2023, will experience unprecedented love and peace.

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Follow that Cloud!

Nehemiah 9:12- By day you led them with a pillar of cloud, and by night with a pillar of fire to give them light on the way they were to take.”

My husband and I were traveling on Christmas Eve this year. 

It is amazing just how many signs one relies on to find the way around a busy airport. 

Ticketing. Food. Restrooms. Boarding. Baggage Claims. Rental Cars.

“Thank you Lord,” I said aloud when we finally boarded and made it to our seats. I leaned back and slept like a baby for the next six hours.

My husband shook me awake to let me know we were landing. Now in a strange airport and an unfamiliar city with an antiquated Garmin to guide us to our VRBO, the rest of our trip was even more challenging.

I’m sure glad God isn’t outdated. The Bible tells us He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. It is speaking of His qualities, His attributes. 

For us, the logic is simple: He is all-knowing, so we can be all-trusting.

It’s a lesson we learned from the Israelites. God led them by His cloud in the wilderness. 

They didn’t know the way, but He did.

And He still does.

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