Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Church signs

So one of my favorite things about living in this area is that people are surprisingly quite religious out here. There are lots and lots of different churches, some of them odd, some of them pretty standard fare, and most of them (well really, pretty much all of them except for our's) have little signs out in front, to display their weekly message and try to get to you come. :) Some are pretty entertaining.

My favorite of all time was this one:

Motivational, to be sure! LOL :)

But the other day we had an interesting experience. Matt and I are really torn lately about what to do regarding several things. We have even seriously pondered moving.

We just keep praying that we'll be led to where He wants us to be. But it is hard not to pick what we would like to have happen and focus on it. I think we all know that feeling. I was starting to feel really discouraged about things not working out sooner for us in this other area, and I was talking to Matt about it one day as we were driving around.

All of a sudden, he said to me, "Be prepared to go anywhere, as long as it's forward." It really hit me! After all, our biggest focus has been on progression. I said, "Wow! Did you just come up with that on the spot?"

He said, "Kind of....it was on that church sign we just passed." I looked back quickly to try to get a glimpse of it, but I couldn't see it.

"Be prepared to go anywhere, as long as it's forward." It stayed with me all day. I had been focusing so much on what areas of the country were prospering, which were beautiful, etc. Our area is just dying/dead economically and I have wanted to escape it before it gets worse. As we drove by it later that night, I looked for the words on the sign.

The words were different. It was just a schedule for Bible study classes.

I couldn't help but feel that in part, the words had been placed there for me, so that I would stop focusing on where I wanted to go, but focus instead on progressing and going where the Lord wants me to go. Today, there was a new and ever more confusing element added to our decisions, one that in all honesty does not appeal to me, but somehow feels that it may be right. I am trying to remember that church sign as I ponder it today.

Be prepared to go anywhere, as long as it's forward.




3 comments:

kannie said...

Hope your pondering is going well - that's a great quote! :-) Let us know if we can be helpful! :-) Love you!!!

chantilita said...

LOL that's a great sign :)

It's amazing the way that things come to you--apparently your minds are in a little better place than mine often is, as your signs appear on church signs, and mine tend to be found in books, music, and movies.

I'm sorry you feel discouraged. :( This may not be as effective for you as it has been for me, but I've found that Bon Jovi songs have serenaded my life for the past decade (wow--I'm getting older! I can use "decade" to describe moments in my life! lol).

Anyway, reading what you wrote reminded me of this Bon Jovi song:

"Welcome to wherever you are--
This is your life, you've made it this far
I say welcome, you've got to believe
That right here, right now
You're exactly where you're supposed to be...

If you feel alone and lost and need a friend
Remember every new beginning is some beginning's end...
When you want to give up and your heart's about to break
Remember that you're perfect,
God makes no mistakes..."

Love you :)

Tara and Dan Stewart said...

I LOVE church signs! I used to read the church sign in Seneca every day we passed it. Some of them just leave you scratching your head and saying, "Huh?" But it sounds like some DO have a purpose! :) I hope you find your pathway soon. Living in limbo can be so hard. I will be praying for you!

And, who knew Bon Jovi was so inspirational??? :)