Janet Molton Nicholson
December 16, 2023
Isaiah 7:12, New International Version
But Ahaz said, “I will not ask; I will not put the LORD to the test.”
We Always Want a Sign Part Two
I was so devastated that I allowed my anger to get the best of me. A family member was in Richmond on this day and telephoned me just as this was transpiring. I was so upset on the telephone that they wanted to drive from Richmond to where I was. I told them very determinedly and without hesitation, “No!” Then, they asked if they could pray with me. Well, let me tell you something … when they made that request, I could feel the anger seething inside of me, and I can remember answering them with, “Don’t you dare pray for me. God allowed this to happen, and I will never pray again.” Then, I hung up. I don’t even know if I said goodbye and, at that point, I did not care if I had or had not.
As the pain of what had occurred seemingly took over my very being, I guess God knew the urgency of the moment and He spoke to me. That is right, He verbally spoke to me. As I share this, I can remember it as if it were yesterday. Picture me on the floor on all fours with my head down. I was crying in loud sobs and heaves so hard it was difficult to get my breath at times. As I was doing this, I heard His voice. In that Instant, I could feel this overwhelming peace physically wrap around my body. It was as if peace were a warm liquid that started at the very top of my head and continued downwards towards my toes. I slowly lifted my head upwards and said out loud, ( in a sort of laughing-crying way,) “Oh my gosh, now I am losing my mind and hearing things!” As soon as the words were out of my mouth, I knew that I knew that I knew God had spoken to me. My tears turned to laughter, and I simply got off the floor and said, “Thank you, God.”
I cleaned my face, called a certain individual that was involved in this situation, and extended kind words that I truly meant from my heart. Needless to say, the individual on the other end of the line was speechless and had not an inkling of how I could be this compassionate in light of what they had done to me. They meant to hurt me, and they did for about ten minutes. Then, God took that hurt and turned it around for His glory. I hung up the telephone and put it behind me, where it has remained to this day. Now, if that isn’t a sign from God, I don’t know what is. It was such a huge sign that I can’t believe I ever forgot, or that I have had the nerve over the years to ask for more signs.
What ungrateful people we are. God has done so much to prove Himself to us and yet we keep on questioning, or we keep on asking for proof. or we keep on doubting. He is faithful and never goes back on His promises to us. Why He has not turned His back is the true mystery and not whether He exists or not. He loves us so unconditionally. Where else can you find that kind of love? Short of His presence in your life, there is no other human being that can offer you the type of love that God guarantees you. It is faithful, unending, and forever! Give your heart to Him today! You will never look back, and He will never let you go.