The Journey - Part 2 - Road Signs


 "Set up road signs; put up guideposts.
Take note of the highway,
the road that you take."
Jeremiah 31:21

Signs (and wonders) were common in the early church. Is it appropriate to expect signs from God today? I think God provides signs everywhere. Sometimes, we overlook them, make a wrong turn, head down a wrong path. But He provides guidance (a real GPS!) through the Spirit, through His Word, through the counsel of others, occasionally through circumstances, to lead us in the path He wants us to follow.

Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path.
Psalm 119:105


Adorning the walls of the retreat conference room were road signs (and an amazing map) all with Scripture references that guide us on the path of life. Because the theme was to Reflect, Rejoice and Renew on the Journey, the signs were the perfect complement to the spoken messages.

I took pictures of the signs to share with you to encourage you on your journey. Many thanks to Marie Beemish, graphic artist extraordinaire!


Welcome ... 1 Thess 5:16
Be joyful always...

 


Under Construction ... Heb. 13:20-1
May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.





Wait for Green ... Ps. 27:14
Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD.




Prov. 3:6
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.





RR Crossing ... 1 Cor. 1:18
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.



Scenic Overlook ... Psalm 23
 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
 he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
forever.




Slow ... Psalm 145:8
The LORD is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.


John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


Retreat Theme Verse ... 1 John 3:2
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears,we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.



The Map ... Heb. 12:-12
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.



Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11



He is faithful. He will lead. He will guide. He will prompt us to follow. He wants us to do His will even more than we do. Too often, we seek a sign before we move. What He desires is for us to seek His way, to seek to be taught, to be sensitive to His leading and obedient to His call.
 
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it. Isaiah 30:21
 
There are things that are crystal clear - activities and attitudes to avoid, and those to pursue. That's where our focus should be. For what is not clear, we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7). We walk according to what is clear and trust Him to reveal the rest in His timing.
 
The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't see. Heb. 11:1 (The Message)
 
How to make it through the journey?
Follow the signs for what you can see, and trust God for what you can't see!
 
Susan

2 comments:

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

I love this post Susan! I will never take for granted a SIGN again. Now in every road sign I will be watching for God's directions!

You are a blessing,
Lee Ann

Susan Panzica - EternityCafe said...

LeeAnn,
Thanks! You're so right about watching the road signs on a daily basis.
Susan