In parts 1 – 3 of our series “Building a Relationship with God”, we have taken a look at how to start to talk to God (through prayer) and how to start to listen for God (through mediation). Now let’s take a look at how God gives us signs that He is all around us.
When I tell some people the story about what had happened to me a few months ago they look at me as if I’ve absolutely lost my mind. As a matter of fact, at the time, I thought I might have been a little off my rocker and kept this to myself for a while. But in an article that I previously posted called God Helps Ease Our Concerns, I tell the story of how one night I was really feeling quite all alone. That night I asked God to give me a sign that everything was going to be okay. This is what I wrote in that article:
The other night, while at the end of a vacation, I was upset about what seemed to be a lot of little things. I was sitting at a restaurant on the water and had just watched a beautiful sunset. After the sun had set and the sky had darkened, I was thinking about why I was upset and, as I do sometimes, I asked God to give me a sign to let me know that everything was okay. As I asked that, simultaneously a star appeared in the sky and a light from a boat appeared on the horizon. I was wondering if this was supposed to mean something when a thought popped into my head: I am like a boat at sea navigating with a sextant (a compass) and God is my guiding star.
I started wondering to myself if I was just making this all up in my mind; so, I asked if this was really the sign I was supposed to get. At that moment one of the biggest shooting stars that I have ever seen shot straight across the sky right towards the boat and the star. I knew that I was not alone – God was with me – and that all was going to be alright. So I gave my troubles up to God and enjoyed the rest of my evening.
God gives us signs all the time. Many times we don’t see them because we either don’t look for them or we are not open to them.
I believe that it is okay to ask God for a sign. In fact, in the Bible, there are times when God does tell people to ask for signs:
Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz, "Ask the LORD your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights." Isaiah 7:10
My aunt passed away recently from lung cancer. She really loved angels. While she was ill and going through her treatments, she always prayed. One day after praying, she walked into her kitchen and found a couple of little foil silver and gold angels about the size of your fingernail on the kitchen floor. She had no idea where they came from. She picked them up, kissed each one, and then put them in her cabinet. She knew this was God telling her that He sent His angels to watch over her. This didn’t just happen that one morning – it continued to happen for many days. She could not have been happier to know that she was not alone.
God’s signs come in many different ways.
Ask God for a sign. If you do, just remember to keep your eyes, ears, mind, and heart open to receiving it because you never know how or when God is going to give it to you.
Have you ever asked for and received a sign from God? Tell us about it.
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