Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind… do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign…. -Five Man Electrical Band 1971
Signs! Remember? I was only one year old at its release, but I just know that my generation will remember this song and have probably already finished singing the lyrics mentally as you have started reading this today. Good luck getting that out of your head…
Signs can be deceiving when we don’t have the full picture, right? I think this hotel was 23 or 24 stories high and as I stood looking at the swimming pool on the rooftop, I looked up and thought, well, of course NO DIVING – it’s 24 floors down. You get my point. It was certainly picture worthy.
So, what do we do with signs that don’t represent the whole picture? I think that sometimes we are presented with circumstances that we cannot understand, simply because we don’t see what is behind the sign. That’s when it’s time to trust that the sign is there to warn us or instruct us that something is coming. Is it good!? Is it bad!? Who knows. What I do know is that – it – the thing – will have a purpose. So what we don’t see now as a purpose or something of completion, is indeed forming. It’s in action behind the sign. Just hang on. God wrote the sign and sees the whole picture. Our job for this very moment is to trust Him, even when our sign doesn’t make an iota of sense to us.
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” – John 13:7 NIV
And that folks, is another one of His promises we can cling to. He’s. Not. Finished.
….and the sign said, “Everybody welcome. Come in, kneel down and pray.”
But when they passed around the plate at the end of it all, I didn’t have a penny to pay
So I got me a pen and a paper and I made up my own little sign
I said, “Thank you, Lord, for thinkin’ ’bout me. I’m alive and doin’ fine.”
Just to clarify, Five Man Electrical Band is the original artist(s), this is the original version. Watch out for the remixes. You can listen here: Signs