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“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
Above my 19-year old son’s bed, on the wall, hangs an orange “slow-moving vehicle” sign. It’s the kind you see on the back of tractors and hay wagons. If you knew Clark, you might smile, because his demeanor is laid back, go-with-the-flow, and thoughtful.
We decorate our homes with artifacts that signal our interests, and even our personalities, that’s nothing new. What struck me, however, was the message the sign had for me. I have been recently going through some minor health concerns—nothing that has kept me from work or family—but ailment that has slowed me down. “Maybe I should put that slow-moving sign on my back,” I thought.
While I’m not one to interpret God’s messages through every little image or icon that crosses my path (in fact, this isn’t healthy), I thought it interesting that the orange triangle gave cause to pause on my own season of life. The author of Ecclesiastes mentions seasons of life we all encounter: times of birth and death, pain and healing, planting and uprooting, mourning and dancing, searching and quitting to search, among others.
Ever wonder what God’s season is for you just now? I think we sometimes ignore his signs along the way, signs that tell us it’s time to slow down and rest in Him, signs to yield areas of our lives we desperately cling to rather than giving them up, signs to merge our efforts with others in community to accomplish something together, and signs to not park our gifts but to put them to His service.
And for some of us, we stand at a crossroads, with one arrow pointing to “a meaningful journey with God” and another pointing to “my way.” For while God has seasons for us to enjoy or endure, he also expects us to make choices along the road.
Questions: When you lie down on your bed at night, and look at the wall above your head, what sign do you see?