Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday Devotions - Crayon Messages

Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall. Daniel 5:5

Crayon Messages 

When a message from God
would clear up confusion,
He could write on my wall -
or give the illusion.
But the writing that's there,
it's plain to be seen,
is a simple crayon drawing
that I've yet to clean.

Lord, help me to learn
I won't be receiving
a miraculous sign
wrought through believing;
when each day I can see
and yet don't apply
Your messages looking me
straight in the eye.

by Susan L. Lenzkes,

I love reading Old Testament stories. The fantastic signs and miracles have always captivated my imagination; Elijah's fiery chariot, Samson's superhuman strength, the detached hand writing on the wall. Sometimes it would be nice to get an extreme sign from God. Such a sign would definitely make me feel special. Being a stay at home mom sometimes lack in the "feeling special" department. Sometimes it's hard to remember that staying at home is important and God has trusted me with this special job of raising His children. If God wrote on my wall, it would be exciting...but I'd still have to clean it off.

I'm sure everyone, no matter their profession, at some point feels that they could use a sign from God. But they ARE there...we just have to look for them. Recently a friend's father had been diagnosed with cancer and I've been praying for weeks for his recovery. Just yesterday the doctor could find no sign of cancer. See, God IS listening.

I've been pretty homesick lately and have been looking forward to the time I can get back home to family in Indiana. Last week a cousin of mine from Oklahoma invited us to and early Thanksgiving dinner next weekend. To my surprise there will be family members there I haven't seen for years and years! What a blessing.

God knows my heart and He knows my needs and He will fill those needs in the best way possible. Maybe not through a flamboyant sign...maybe just through a simple phone call.

Dear Lord, Thank You for signs, old and new, that express Your love for us. Thank You for giving us labors on this Earth, no matter how great or small, the work we do is for You. Amen.


  1. Thank you for your Sunday devotions! I really needed that message today. We've been struggling with infertility for the past 15 months. I'm trying to understand that my plan for my life may not be God's plan for my life. I need to trust and have faith in him!

  2. I have times when I miss my old job too. Working with Steve out in the field, though, does seem to help bring back a solid purpose to my life. I know being a stay-at-home mom is important too, but for 18 years of my life I was a teacher, and I miss that crazy world on occasion. Thanks for the uplifting message!


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