Before my call to Disciples Women, I served a church in southern Maryland, metro D.C. area. The first winter I was there, I heard a morning newscaster warning the listeners to leave early and give themselves extra time because of the overnight snow. I looked out the window expecting Snowmageddon. On the ground was about one inch of snow. I was raised near Pittsburgh. One inch of snow would barely receive comment. I soon learned that neither cars nor drivers were equipped for accumulating snow. With a later snowfall prediction of several inches, the metro area went a little crazy…using up all the gasoline to fill everything they had, buying out all the grocery stores, and clearing out supplies of snow shovels, etc. I wondered about our ancestors. We are doing all this craziness because we are not prepared.
Growing up, I learned to “smell” snow. I knew when it was going to snow because the air smelled different. If your experience with snow is limited then that may sound strange.
Our ancestors had to learn these signs. They learned to smell, see, maybe even, taste the weather conditions. They had to be vigilant to be prepared for what was ahead.
So, I wonder, what signs should we be able to read? Is that a gift we have lost? Was there a time when God’s people were more open to signs? Have we become so modern that we rationalize everything to the point that we have forgotten how to read those signs?
John describes Jesus’ miracles as “signs.” This is important because a sign sends a message. Jesus’ miracles are a message that He is the Messiah and the Son of God. Are the signs of God’s love right in front of us and still we cannot see them? Are we waiting for a sign to know what God wants for us?
John 2:11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.