For several years now I’ve had a theory and I am not at all interested in having anyone debunk it. In the past I had heard of people noticing something unusual, and attributing it to God; a certain song is played, lights come on for no reason, a certain animal is seen….that kind of thing. Some people believe when they witness one of these events, it’s a sign or a message from God. For the longest time I didn’t have anything like that, but about ten years ago I started noticing hawks. At first it was a novelty, really surprising each time one appeared, but then I started looking for them and was amazed at how often I would spy one nearby.
There are two main times when I tend to see a hawk: when I am questioning God and when I am fearful. I often pray out loud when I’m driving and I ask God a lot of questions, many times starting with the word ‘why’. I don’t often get an audible answer but I will invariably see a hawk within a couple of minutes of asking. I credit this to God, and view it as reassurance that He has it covered or confirmation that I am on the right path. There have been times when I have been very afraid – on the way to a doctors’ appointment or driving in an unknown place that feels unsafe and a hawk will appear, reassuring me that God sees me and knows how I feel, and again, He’s got it covered.
It may sound ridiculous, but I really don’t care. I’m not looking for validation because I truly feel like this is my own special signal to help me stay balanced when I’m likely to lose it. My question to you is this: what is your sign? What outward indicator do you have that reminds you that there is more at work than just what we can see, and that God is experiencing this life right along with you?
Love it! I don’t have something recurring but often hear God in my iTunes shuffle, or Pandora. This summer, I was on my porch with a really big Why and some really angry tears and a whole lot of ‘where are you’s.’ Shortly after, I dropped something off at my backdoor neighbors home. On the way back, I heard a bird song so distinct and new to me that I followed it. Another neighbor just getting home met me under the tree where we heard it. They’re in their late 70’s and both said they’d never heard anything like it. No doubt in my mind it was God doing just as he’s promised, singing over me. Those are the kinds of things that make it all ok for me down here, ya know?
I sure do, what a gift that birdsong was! I’m trying to lift my eyes and look for my hawk on those days, and not be so surprised when he appears!
My recurring sign is light posts that come on or off when I’m driving by. It is always reassuring and comforting whenever it happens and usually when I need a reminder of God’s faithfulness and comfort.
You’re the one who introduced his concept to me, many years ago!