Waiting for Lightning

I once had a friend that would say he was “waiting for a sign” before he would believe or have faith. He once told me this as we sat in his lovely home surrounded by comfort. I looked at his children as they were happy, healthy and playing. I thought about his wife and how they had a happy marriage. I thought about how they were both employed with great jobs and comfortable incomes. As we left their home, I noticed the 2 new cars in the garage. I couldn’t help but think to myself…”what other sign do you need”. Please don’t misunderstand what I am about to say. None of those material things are a “sign”. I guess my point was that my friend has been blessed. Many believe and have much, much less.

I thought of that again this morning as I continue to try to “find my groove” in a decision making process. It’s been months. I find myself saying that I’m waiting for a sign.

Waiting for lightning,
A sign that its time for a change;
And you’re listening for thunder,
While He quietly whispers your name.

But the sign and the word
Have already been given,
And now its by faith
We must look and we must listen

– Steven Curtis Chapman

I think I’m waiting for lightning. I think I’m listening for thunder. We all want the big sign don’t we? We want the doubt removed. We want to know, with certainty that if we take that step that everything else will take care of itself. In the meantime that check you get in your spirit, the feeling you get in the pit of your stomach is saying everything you need to know. You can’t shake it. It won’t go away. It keeps coming back. You turned left and for some reason you can’t stop thinking how you should have gone right.

Are you waiting for lightning? Take it from one that is too, maybe it’s not in the forecast. Maybe we’ve already got all the “signs” we need. Maybe we have all the “signs” we will receive. Maybe everyone knows and sees it but us. Friends……let’s not wait for lightning. Let’s move forward with confidence and follow that check in your spirit. It just might be the sign you are looking for.


4 Replies to “Waiting for Lightning”

  1. croixian1

    Nope, don’t want a big sign at all. Perhaps if the Big Guy just came around every once in a while and said ‘Hi!’ would be good enough for me. I mean really, what does an all powerful, all loving, all knowing being do all day? Twittle his thumbs?

    No thanks. I’m waiting for the lightening…but I know when I see it, its only electrical discharges between clouds and the ground.

  2. Matt Bays

    Know what I’ve wondered about, what if I made a wrong turn, and what if it led me in a crappy new way? Bummer i guess. But honestly, as long as He’s there…with me, I’m good. I’m sure sometime in the last 37 years I’ve been in the wrong place at the wrong time. I like that God will tweak things and use it for good…but waiting…it’s over rated. Being wise is good, so long as we don’t dress feet dragging up real pretty and call it wisdom.

    I still believe he speaks though. Isaiah 30:21 is one of my favs. “Whether you turn to the left or the right, you will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.'” Love that. Blessings.

  3. Doug Boquist

    We all get stuck from time to time. Whether it’s stuck in a relationship, or stuck in a career, or stuck emotionally or physically. It’s when I get stuck that I tend to want some earth-shaking, demonstrative sign of what to do to get unstuck.

    Usually, I know what to do, it’s just that I lack the motivation. A little lightning striking the backside would make me jump to. So I wait; hoping for some external motivation while He is wanting me to grow, and move on from the inside.

    Stuck. Wait. Move on. New life. Stuck. Wait. Move on. New life. Do you see a pattern here?

  4. Aaron

    Pastor Doug –

    Your comment came at the right time and is just one more piece to an ever growing puzzle. Stuck. Wait. Move on. New Life. I couldn’t have summed it up better myself. Thank you my friend.

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