I watched “Bruce Almighty” the other night. I had seen it years ago, but when I was thinking about my blog, I got to thinking about signs, and I thought a refresher of the movie might be good. One scene in particular has always stood out in my mind. You might remember it. Jim Carrey is driving down the road, yelling at God and saying something like,”God, why don’t you give me a sign!” And then there is this huge sign on the side of the road that says “CAUTION.” Jim Carrey continues, “Send me a sign!” If you want to refresh your memory, click here.
I think sometimes we are going so fast we fail to see the signs God is giving us. We are in overdrive, overwhelmed by the trouble surrounding us and the churning emotions within us and we fail to focus on the One. Just like Jim in the movie. He was asking, he was screaming, he was banging his head against the steering wheel, but he did not hear, did not see, and did not understand God was right there, trying to guide him all the time.
Isn’t this our life on a daily basis? We live in a fast paced world where we have absolutely no minutes to spare. I mean I get stressed when I am relaxing because I feel like I need to be doing something else! Anyone with me? Technology is supposed to make our lives easier – that is a laughing stock. It makes are lives BUSIER and busier is never easier. In fact, you could say that being busier can be a deadly thing. When we feel like we are too busy sometimes we skip church. When we feel like we are too busy we may not get up a little early in the morning and read that Bible verse. And then, low and behold, the signs elude us. No?
I am proof of this fact. When I was living in New Hampshire after my husband was killed, life wasn’t busy. My sole purpose in getting up every morning was to talk to God. Even when I was away from home with someone else, I was continuously talking to God. My spirit was quite, still. It may seem contradictory, but I was at peace even though my life was upside down. My spirit was seeking Him – all the time. I needed His comfort. I needed His answers. I needed HIM and only Him. I was in Him. I had time to sit and pray. I prayed all day. Constantly. All the time. I felt closer to God because He was only one thought away. Life was slower. A lot slower. Things just moved differently. Then I moved to the south. There are more people, more friends, and more opportunities. There are more chances to teach, more families to see, and more things to do. I say yes to one thing and then there is something else going on the next day. Then I had this brilliant idea to publish a book, with that comes a blog, and with that comes more things that add to the daily routine. There is just more time spent striving, and a lot less time sitting.
There is noise.
And the signs diminish, not in frequency, but in sighting. We see less even though the signs have never stopped coming. We experience less of Him because we experience more of something else.
There has to be a balance. There is a balance. I haven’t gotten the balance just right in my life yet but I am striving for it. I am learning. I am trying to seek Him and not say “yes” to every offer or opportunity that comes along. I know what I need to tweak and what I need to keep. I know the difference between being stressed out and being at peace amidst the stress.
There are verses that help with this.
Cease striving and know that I am God. Psalms 46:10
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. Psalm 37:7
Wait for the Lord. Be strong and let your heart take courage. Wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14
So my dare this month is for us all to try to find the balance. Try to notice when your stress level is rising, and when you do, focus on the One. Cease striving and pray. And wait . . .
For Him to be your deliverer.