Daily Delight

Saturday, October 1, 2016

I'm big on signs. I've often believed that an opportunity makes itself so available to me or that the timing of something is just so perfect, then it's a God thing that shouldn't be ignored.
The obvious danger of this is that I create "signs" when I want to see something happen but don't have the patience to discern God's will. So I analyze a coincidence to the point that, of course it must be God’s will! Another danger is that I will indeed be presented with a sign–– but not from God. Signs come from everywhere–– God, our imagination, the devil. I've been Alice falling down the rabbit hole too many times to allow myself to be ruled by signs veiling temptation with holiness. I've too often let myself believe, "Well, if God didn't want me to do this he wouldn't have made it so easy!" God-moments are real. Surreal sunsets, fortunate encounters, timely job offers, miracles of healing. They're one of our favorite things to gush on about, when things turn out alright. The unfortunate reality is that devil-moments are real too, and much harder to come to terms with. Those moments–– the ones where the opportunity seemed just too good to pass up–– have failed me out of exams, stranded me in the wilderness, and landed me in the ER. At those points, only God’s grace has gotten me out of the tangles of my own lacking discernment. 

Discernment doesn’t have to be a hasty toss-up though. Knowing where the “signs” are coming from will often be difficult, but prayer and counsel will help us recognize God more clearly. Let’s endeavor to have the patience to judge God from evil. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world, (1 John 4:1, ESV). 

About the Author

Safeena Padder≫ ≫Safeena is a Malibu coastline-dwelling Pepperdine grad turned wedding photographer and aspiring photojournalist. Because of the unlikelihood of her own testimony, she believes that no one is too far from the redeeming love of God. She seeks to live that belief through action and by fostering even more unlikely friendships.

Safeena is passionate about travel, social justice, and the role that creativity plays in driving empathy that will change the world; you can follow her adventures at www.safeenapadder.com/blog. Her natural habitat is the farmer's market, where you can normally find her with arms full of flowers.


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