The only proof you’re going to get is what looks like the absence of proof: Jonah-evidence. Matthew 12:39 (MSG)
Looking For A Sign – Signs Series – Part 7
Still looking for a sign?
Yep, I still need direction. I’m still asking God which way I should go, what decision I should make, what is true and beautiful and right, and what is not. Because the question is important and holy and part of the journey. But I’m opening my eyes up to the possibility that the sign I’m looking for might not look like what I expect. After all, Jesus warned us about having eyes that don’t see and ears that don’t hear (Matt 13:10-15).
A dove may not fly through my window holding an olive branch (Gen 8:11).
The bushes in my yard may not burst into flame and speak to me (Ex 3). (Although, this is my preferred sign *wink JC*).
The fleece I put out at last night might get stolen rather than stay dry or get wet. (Judges 6).
The walls may not come tumbling down, writing may not appear on the wall, signs, and wonders may not happen for all to see.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other signs. That things aren't happening all around me, hidden in plain sight.
We need a revolution in the way we see. Did the ground Moses walk suddenly become Holy because it wasn’t the moment before? Or had it been holy all along and it took a burning bush to light up the truth of it?
What do you see?
Perhaps you’re looking for a sign of your worth, or direction, or that God is real, or that this or that doctrine is true.
Maybe it’s time you looked at it from another angle, took the leap, stopped ignoring the pain, embarked on the journey of healing even if it means entering the belly of a whale (the sign of Jonah). Because even in the darkness, the Divine is there, willing us to transform from needing a burning bush to seeing that the ground has always been, and always will be holy.
Maybe you need to take off your shoes.
“Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes,
The rest sit around it and pluck blackberries,
And daub their natural faces unaware
More and more from the first similitude.”
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh, The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
Written by Lizzy Milani