“Rain all through the night,” announced the man on the radio.
I welcomed the winter rain. We need the water. But most folks across the country are ready for Spring. They’re sick of snow. And who can blame them?
Sometimes we need a change.
Perhaps it’s not the weather. Financial hardship, marital problems, rebellious teens, ill health, or a tedious job will stretch our patience thin.
We pray, but nothing changes.
So we hunker down and wait for the season, or storm, to pass.
When I’m overwhelmed by duties or sorrows, searching for answers, I’m prone to act like Gideon (Judges 6-9). I want assurance that God is present and has a plan.
Show me a sign, Lord.
That was my exact prayer when a three-day rainstorm paused, and the sun broke through the clouds like a welcomed guest. Enjoying the calm before another storm, I walked to my mailbox and found a package. Inside the package was a slim metal bracelet that I had ordered eight weeks earlier.
A package long overdue, but not really because ….
God’s timing is perfect.
A smile spread across my face as I read the tiny, engraved words on my bracelet.
Abide in Me
Not exactly the answer I was looking for that blustery day, but I knew it was a sign from above. Circumstances change, but God’s response remains the same.
Abide in Me
Abiding is that sweet union which allows believers to experience uninterrupted fellowship with Jesus. When we abide in Him, not only can we rest and experience peace, Jesus says we will bear much fruit and have joy (John 15).
When we abide in Christ, our eyes are fixed on Him and not our circumstances. We lean on Christ, and not ourselves.
As storm clouds gathered on the horizon that day, I ran my fingers over the bracelet. Three words once spoken by Jesus were now etched upon my heart, wrapped around my wrist.
Abide in Me
Today and every day…..even in this storm.
Photo of Bird: Molly Smith Detweiler
Thunderstorm: Karen Foster
12 thoughts on “Show Me a Sign”
Great post, Karen. It really is all about entering His rest.
And I have to go there every day. Nice hearing from you. 🙂
I needed this Karen! Thanks! Love you!
What a blessing to know that God used my circumstance to speak to your heart. Love you too!
Perfect timing! As usual, your article came through just when needed. Why do I make simple things so difficult?! Today, I will just….abide in Him. Hugs to you.
Terrie, I’m glad the timing is perfect. Funny, but I began this blog a week ago and just couldn’t finish it. Must have been God’s perfect timing AGAIN!
Abiding and trusting Him! Thanks for the reminder, dear friend! Love you!
That’s why I have my bracelet…to remind myself daily. Love you back.
Beautiful Karen .. Abide in Christ and we find Peace for our Soul
Isn’t it amazing that we can find peace in the midst of the storm? 🙂
Thanks for the reminder, Karen. Sometimes we neglect to remind ourselves of Jesus’ words.
Yes, it’s an awesome thought that Jesus, God incarnate, walked on this planet. And the words He spoke then, carry just as much weight today. If only we’d apply them.
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