Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. Then Isaiah said: ‘Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. He shall eat curds and honey by the time he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread will be deserted.
The Signs We See by Mark
God wants us to see signs. God wants us to continually prepare and look for the good news. I often wonder if missing a red light, making me 3 minutes later than I had planned to be, is a sign from God. If I consider a traffic stop a sign, which seems trivial in the context of bees and honey, what other signs am I missing that are much more meaningful? Maybe we should consider each and every day of the year an Advent day, a day of signs from God that Christ’s love will be entering the world. With that in mind, what should I be aware of today and every day that could prepare my heart for Christ’s coming? Moving beyond red lights, maybe the signs I should pay attention to are the encounters I have with others. God brought them into the world as well. For this season of Advent, I want to consider every encounter, greeting, passerbyer, and gathering as a sign of blessings and of Christ’s love in this world. I pray that I receive everyone as if they are a sign from God.
As you go about your day, look at each person and see the message they could bring from God. See the good news they possess.