I Saw the Signs

Lately, I have been in need of comfort. Some sign that everything is going to be ok. This time last week I struggled to keep myself together as I said goodbye, hopefully only see you later, to some truly wonderful people in North Carolina. I was Texas bound- back to ‘regular’ life. I expect the challenge of leaving special people behind will continue, but now I must press on. The first day of school waits for no one. I am glad to be back to a sense of comfort & familiarity- family, traffic, H-E-B, friends, church, etc…

 

I left North Carolina for a few days’ retreat in Birmingham with other young adults who had similar summer experiences. While I was there, I got a call that changed the efficient schedule I had set up to get everything done [doctor’s appointments in Houston, dentist appointment, moving, time with friends, time with family, and so on and so on…] that I needed and wanted to do. On to plan ‘B’. Somehow I lost my flash drive with important documents on them en route back to Texas. A few days later I got a call that my apartment in Waco had flooded. This meant that I would partially move out about a week early. Thankfully, the damage was not nearly as bad as I had initially thought. Even so, I’m SO past plan ‘B’… on to plan ‘J’.

 

During the madness of this past week, there have been a few occasions where something briefly caught my eye or ear that in turn caught my heart. Let’s call this a sign. I will continue to receive a scholarship from the M.D. Anderson Children’s Art Project Scholarship for the same amount. A sign that finances will not be as tight as once predicted. On the kitchen cabinet of my new bachelorette pad a few pantry items were left by the previous resident- including ‘Nana tea’. The name for one of my grandmothers is Nana and I have gotten this tea for her before. This week’s lectionary reading comes from Genesis 45. Joseph tells his brothers, “You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me- you, your children, and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have.” [v. 10] The church I worked with this summer is named Goshen Baptist Church. What do these ‘signs’ mean? I don’t know, but they have given me comfort in response to the pause and ‘hhmm’ they required.

 

What is the difference between a ‘sign’ and coincidence or superstition? I’m not entirely sure, but the timing is just too strange to ignore or forget. I interpret these signs to be from God because they brought me comfort. When it seemed that nothing was staying on track, these little reminders came up.

 

A few verses for thought:

“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.” [Isaiah 40:1]

 

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.” [Psalms 23:1-3a]

 

“Praise be to the God and Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” [2 Corinthians 1:3-4]

 

I saw the signs. Cue Ace of Base. What signs do you see?

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