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when all we want is a neon sign

A precious sister in the Lord spoke such profound life into my heart this week, and I had to share it today.

Friends, there are things in my life not going how I planned. 

It’s left me befuddled, wondering which way is up.

Yet, through it all I have had both clear scripture regarding God’s care and provision, as well as a peace that truly does surpass all understanding.

But I’m still befuddled.

I’m still wondering which way is up.

God is near, but His roadmap for what’s next isn’t.

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I’d really like to get my hands on that roadmap.

Will told me the other day he’s praying for a “neon sign.”

Wouldn’t that be nice?

However, based on my own experience, as well as stories throughout the Bible, God so often requires our obedient faith and trust.

So often he speaks in a gentle whisper, not glaring neon signs.

I shared these thoughts with my friend, and got far more encouragement than I bargained for.

Remember the story of Elijah?

After a huge showing of God’s power and the embarrassment of the Baal prophets, Elijah was a wanted man. Jezebel vowed to kill him.

Elijah was hopeless and fled town. He took refuge under a tree and literally prayed he would die.

Yet, through the pain and fear, God led him to a safe haven in a mountainous cave where he safely stayed the night.

God nourished Elijah, and sent an angel to wake and feed him. He then told Elijah to stand before Him on the mountain.

God created a mighty wind (I’m thinking tornado like force), a powerful earthquake, and a blazing fire that all roared by him, but the Lord was not in any of them.

Nonetheless, I’m sure God got Elijah’s attention!

It was in the still, small, whisper in which He spoke.

Not the neon signs.

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Not by might, not by power, but by His Holy Spirit.

My sweet friend reminded me of that story.

Reminding me that, perhaps we’re the midst of the mighty winds or an earthquake, and our faith is a little shaken.

God was ever present with Elijah during it all, and He’s with us too.

It’s the whisper I need to pursue.

In scripture, spirit, and truth.

God can certainly give neon signs. He can do as he pleases. However, so often His spirit gently whispers to our heart much more subtly.

I needed to hear this truth from such a beautiful heart that cares.

It was nourishment to my bones.

I need to shield myself from all the loud clamor (the wind, the fire, the earthquakes) that so easily captures my attention and listen with stillness for the voice of God.

But there was more.

She shared a story about having horses when she was growing up.

She loved riding them, but sometimes they’d go really fast and things would get scary.

Her dad would tell her to press herself into the horse. To dig in and hold on tight.

That she was surely safe.

Same with me. Things are up in the air, and it’s natural to be worried or not fully trust while we’re in the midst of this crazy ride. 

When people tell you not to worry, it surely comes from a good place, but rarely does it offer the solace we seek.

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God sometimes brings us to the brink of situations until all we can do, our only hope, is to completely trust and have faith in Him.

When our only option, our only hope, is to let go and completely trust.

To press into Him and a hold on tight.

To know he is faithful and isn’t “out to get us.”

To find out solace by pressing into Him with all our might.

Knowing His ways are higher, and He works for the good of those who love Him.

We must press into Him and pursue Him.

Completely.

Fully.

Listening for that still, small voice.

He is faithful, and He keeps His promises.

I know He will see the work in our lives through to completion. Even when I can’t see it unfolding for myself.

Thanks for reading today. I pray my friend’s words offered encouragement to you just as they did to me.

I pray we both lean into Jesus with all our might today.

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