Have you ever asked God for a sign, just a little reassurance that He still cares (which of course He does, but I sometimes begin to doubt)? When you receive a sign or blessing, do you see it as from the Lord or are you tempted to dismiss it as just “coincidence”?
Last Sunday, we decided to attend the Easter/Resurrection Day sunrise service at our sister church. Never having attended a morning service at this church, we selected a pew on the left side and a few rows forward from the back door (and secretly hoped that we had not “stolen” somebody’s seat). Through the first part of the service, we sang and listened to the choir sing beautiful songs about the resurrection of Christ (I hope that I never tire of singing “Christ Arose”).
As the service progressed, I began to feel warmth on the back and right side of my neck. Then, I felt as if my head was engulfed in reddish light. I turned my head to the right and was partially blinded by sunlight that shone through a red pane in a stained-glass window and projected a ray of light onto our family. I felt like we were in the spotlight. After the service, a church member asked me how me how I felt to have the light shine upon our family. I was actually startled by the question and was at a loss for a proper response. Was the light really shining directly on our family?
So, should I choose to see this as merely a “coincidence” or as a blessing from the Sovereign Lord, reminding us of His presence with and favor on His children?
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. (Isa 60:1)
Still trusting and hoping,