The Sign-Watcher:


It is midnight and you are ready to go. People call you a sort of "watch-man," but your job is really not to stay at the top of a watch-tower waiting for boats to pass by or arrive at your seaport. You, on the other hand, are a different kind of watch-man! Your self-assigned task is to watch for signs & wonders without anything such as a blink. Every single night as the clock hits 12:00, you pick up your indispensable tools: an old opaque magnifying glass, a crinkly torch-light, an ancient telescope, and a worn-out fall jacket. It's an obsessive compulsive routine that you've gotten used to at this point in your life. You can't change it. It is who you are, and it is what they know you as.

And so you walk out on your porch and put on your crinkly torch-light. You proceed to position your ancient telescope in such a way that you can see the brightest star, and finally you begin to watch for the move of God's mighty hands. Two weeks ago you spent your time studying the clouds; last week it was the darkness around the clouds. Tonight, you will spend your time waiting to catch the sunrise. You must not sleep if you want to see exactly when the sun rises. No man has ever caught the awakening of the sun, but what is impossible with others is possible with you. You know it. You can just feel it in your veins. You're an unstoppable watchman!

You are a sign-watcher. And that's just who you are.

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My mission this morning is to tell you that it's not all about the signs. Sign-watchers are those ones who actually miss the signs. I was talking to a friend last night and she said that many times we're waiting for the mighty and great works of God to prove that He exists, meanwhile He has already moved in the smaller things around us, but we didn't catch His movement. Sign-watchers usually, most times than not, miss it.

There were three young Hebrew boys who didn't miss it: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. These three were at the risk of being thrown into a very hot burning fiery furnace, just because they chose not to bow to the King's non-living statue. But it is what they said that shows that they understood that it wasn't about the signs: "Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O King. BUT IF NOT, let it be known to you that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up."

But if not...

What in the world? What kind of boldness was that? So what if God did not come in a whirlwind to rescue them? Honestly speaking, they didn't really care. They had already been previously convinced that God was real, so they didn't even need Him to show up at that point.

What if God doesn't rescue you today? What if when you speak to Him you get silence for words? What if your prayers haven't been answered yet? What if instead of perfection it seems like everything is spiraling downwards? The answer is that He may not give you a sign, but He sure does know what's going on. And He said that He will do it...so He will. Stop depending on signs, just be someone who can bask in His presence...no matter what you're going through.

Copyright: Photo by Redbubble

21 comments:

Gee said...

1st???????

Kémi Penélopê said...

Second time around...!!!

blogoratti said...

Inspiring words for a new week..thanks for sharing that.
Lovely week!

Remi, United Kingdom said...

yaaaaay top 5...

I was taught a long time ago to "never disregard the seemingly insignificant moments in life" Most of these moments are when and where God makes it known that, He moves in mighty ways, and displays His awesome existence!

Invigorating words to start the week well.... hmmmm
Thanks a bunch luv, hope you're good. Have you a mighty wonderful week. Much Love x

downtheaisle said...

God bless u, for these words.

chayoma said...

Inspiring....
in ur search of the signs you may miss the beauty of it all!

oluremi said...

you r jst 2 lovely. God bless u

Kafo said...

totally loving this playlist
for real
i knew this song but i didn't know who sang it so now i can track down the album

and of course kutless rocks

The poets voice ~~~ said...

In the search of the mighty signs, you miss the small powerful wonders!
That's why God wants us to have faith, the susbstance of things hoped for but not SEEN...

You just have to know that He will show up just like you wake up each morning to breathe the oxygen in air...you just know that there is oxygen available to breathe, you never think: what if it becomes methane gas one morning?

In the same way, Know that God might not come into the office to speak to your boss, or cause the skies to rain money but HE WILL SHOW UP...that's what makes it a wonder!

Rene said...

inspiring words. I always wondered what would have happened if God didn't save them.

Hadassah said...

Its all about Faith.

Ms.Ken said...

Thnx Jaycee...twas wat i needed to hear.....likin ur new color btw.

Debbie said...

Timely spoken, he does hear and rather than seek for signs we truly should seek his presence because he presence is all we need with it comes all we need.

Thanks for an inspiring piece

Lil Miss Thang said...

Your blog is very inspiring... Something i needed to hear right now and know that His mighty hand is working in my life, all i have to do is trust and let flow

Kafo said...

i came back just for the music


goodnight

Olufunke said...

I like this!
You are right , some times I just want to see some big things....but One must learn like the Hebrew children...that there could be 'if nots'
God is still God, nothing can separate me from His love
Thank you so much for this, it ministered to me.

@ Debbie, I agree with you too

akaBagucci said...

Stop depending on signs, just be someone who can bask in His presence...no matter what you're going through.

Perhaps, this is what I needed to hear! Thanks foir sharing....

jenX said...

wise words for sure. i needed this today.

Vera Ezimora said...

Jaycee, I haven't been herein a minute, but I'm happy to be here today. I'll be sure to come more often.

Babe, you can't imagine how high the odds are stacked against me, but I'm believing God. I'm believing God to do it because He has said He will.

StandTall-The Activist said...

Thank Jaycee!

Olamild said...

hmmm hmmm