Recently, my owner’s wife put up a new sign in our kitchen. It reads:
“Studies suggest that women who carry a bit of extra weight… live longer than men who mention it!”
And my owner’s been very tight-lipped ever since!
Humans are always communicating with one another through the use of signs. If you venture out now, the likelihood is that you’ll see a sign telling you to wear a face mask or to keep two metres apart. There are signs that say “Stop” and “Give Way”, “Private” or “Keep Clear.” And hopefully, you will see a sign somewhere that says “Welcome” or “Please Come In.”
But these aren’t the only signs that surround us. There are many other signs that feature in our daily lives. And they don’t always have writing on them, and they’re not necessarily made of wood or metal. Because these are the signs of God’s presence in our world. The miracle of creation. The miracle of Spring after Winter. The moment a new baby is born. The stars that shine out of the night sky. The look of love in somebody’s eyes. The coincidence that’s beyond a coincidence. The dead-end cul-de-sac that suddenly opens up into a field of golden sunshine. Or that deep feeling of inner peace as the storm rages all around… There are so many signs of God’s presence all around us…
“I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest” (John 35b)
“This will be a sign to you; you will find a baby wrapped up in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:12)