In my job, I prepare high school students for live choral and musical theatre performances in front of live audiences. Putting together one of these productions is, well, a production. There always seems to be a time, usually a week before the performance, when the students start questioning whether everything is going to come together. They begin to doubt and fuss and fume, but a few days before opening, it suddenly clicks. Everyone remembers their words, everyone remembers their blocking, and everyone remembers their lines. All of a sudden, they understand my process and start looking forward to the next performance. When all of the hard work finally comes together, it is electric.
In Isaiah 7:10-14, the Lord tells Ahaz to ask Him for a sign that the Savior is coming, but Ahaz says he will not ask the Lord for a sign. He will not test God. Ahaz reminds me of my students who want to know my next move or why I am doing something, but are afraid to ask. They constantly test me. Then Isaiah speaks and tells the people to listen! He wants them to stop trying the patience of the Lord! “The Lord Himself will give you a sign; The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
Can you imagine what people thought after Isaiah tells them of the Virgin giving birth? I wonder if they were skeptical or if they were always looking for a woman with child, wondering if she could be the one. It was a time of hope and wonder.
Aren’t we always looking for signs? We ask God to show us a sign so we will know if we are doing the right thing or going in the right direction with our lives. We look for signs while we travel. I look for signs that I have chosen the correct music or that the production will turn out well. While on vacation, I find Bible verses printed on decorative accessories and for some reason, it is the sign from God that I need. God must have known that His people needed reassurance through this prophecy. He knows us and knows we wonder and worry and question, so He provides what we need.
Prayer: Lord, please help us to trust that You will give us the signs we need. Please help us to let go of our questions and worry and doubt and to trust that You have us in the palm of your hand. Amen.
Mary Summerlin – 2016