Have you ever been on a long journey? What thoughts pop into your head as you read that question? Some fun life experiences I hope! There is a tremendous difference in being driven on a long journey versus driving yourself. I remember as a pre-teen when me and my family traveled around the United States in a big old brown station wagon.
My brother and me spent the most time in the third seat of that station wagon. The seat had us faced towards the back window as we traveled down lonely highways, bumpy gravel roads, and busy expressways. The only signs we could see were going in the other direction.
This prompted us to inundate our parents with repeated questions like “Are we there yet?” “Can I have a snack?” or “How much further dad?” We could not see the freeway signs that let us know where we were or what direction we were traveling but we had to trust our parents to get us to the desired destination.
Fast forward several years later and I admit I always loved driving myself on road trips. Whether it was to go visit family, something related to my work, or an relaxing weekend getaway; there was something exciting about moving towards a new destination.
This journey of life that I’ve been traveling has been filled with all types of bumpy roads, overwhelming challenges, and more than a few dark and lonely highways. I am beyond grateful that my Lord and Savior has been right here next to me this entire time. He guides me on the path He wants for me whether I am riding blind or those times when I think I know the way!
Looking back over the years, there have been several “divine road signs” that have directed me on my journey. These “divine signs” are bible verse that have given me a a new life in Christ, reminded me to trust Him, and even prevented my life from falling into the abyss.
I was blessed with the opportunity to share this testimony of faith with those who attended my 50th birthday party last month. There are so many verses to choose from but I want to share with you 7 of my favorite life verses from the bible and why they mean so much to me.
First Divine Sign: John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life.”
I believe this may have been the very first bible verse I heard and memorized as a child. I was five years old living on the second story of a farmhouse in Iowa overlooking giant walnut trees and my mom’s huge garden. I knelt down by my bed with my mother next to me and I asked Jesus to come into my heart.
At the time I believe I was more afraid of going to Hell and spending eternity there because I did not seek God as I grew older. I do not think I had truly grasped the responsibilities of being a Christian. In fact, by the time I was thirteen years old my focus was on athletics, girls, and earning money.
Second Divine Sign: Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord will all your heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”
Funny thing about these verses. When I was younger, I would bound down the stairs for breakfast. My mother would greet me and kindly ask, “Have you read your bible and prayed yet?” My shoulders would slump over as I slowly dragged myself back up the stairs to read my bible and say a quick prayer.
I am not sure why I picked those verses to read way back then. Now as my faith in Christ continues to grow, I understand the relevance of these verses. I know the true importance of trusting in God through the good times and bad.
Recognizing that He is in control of everything and sees the big picture gives me hope. He will give me the direction needed when I seek Him. This is one of the first passages that come to mind when faced with things I do not understand.
Third Divine Sign: Psalms 27:14. “Wait on the Lord. Be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.”
When we would travel down those roads and I was not in the third seat, it always struck me the number of signs that read: food*gas*lodging 10 miles. Remember those? The advertisements for Howard Johnson also seem to pop up every few miles. We loved it when we got to stop at a Howard Johnson for a bathroom break and food!
For many years my mother had this bible verse recited on her answering machine before the “we are not here please leave a message part.” It used to drive me batty over the years waiting to leave a message! I hung up several times instead of waiting or began to role my eyes when I would hear the voicemail. I laugh now because waiting on God is necessary for every Christian. When we jump ahead of God we are out of his will and that is not a place we want to be!
Fourth Divine Sign: Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans for welfare and not for calamity. Plans to give you a future and a hope.”
My mother quoted this verse to me just hours after I had awakened from my stroke. She had just asked the doctor if I was going to be okay. The doctor replied in a somber tone, “Your son will never be the same.” I’m not sure how she was able to quote that verse as I could still visibly see the lump in her throat and feel her heart crying. Up to that point in my life I don’t remember reading this verse before but it is one I will never forget! I listened intently as she prayed with me and tried to encourage me.
Now it is my desire to use my writing to remind and encourage Christians that God does have a plan for your life. He wants you to have complete hope in Him…not in someone or something else.
Fifth Divine Sign: Psalms 23. “The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters. He leads me in the path of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil. Your rod and Your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies, You have anointed my head with oil, my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
When I was in the hospital, it was terrifying for me. My brain was trying to heal from the injury. The injury caused problems with my vision and my dreams became mostly nightmares. It was a very confusing time for me. I felt isolated especially during the time spent in Intensive Care. I would lay there sometimes afraid to close my eyes and fall asleep. I could not believe I was lying there in a hospital. I would wake up sometimes hoping this was truly just a dream but the tiles on the ceiling were a cold reminder of where I was.
To try and comfort myself I attempted to quote Psalm 23. I could only remember the first few words but would get confused trying to recite the first verse correctly. I made a promise to myself that when I got out of the hospital I was going to memorize the entire passage. I’m glad to share that the Lord has now helped me to memorize Psalm 23. (typed it here today from memory!)
Sixth Divine Sign: Philippians 4:13. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
It is easy to apply this verse selfishly. This is not about doing what WE want and asking God for strength. It took me awhile after the stroke but I have learned the true meaning of this verse. God gives us the strength needed to accomplish His divine will. He empowers us in the midst of His will This was a verse I quoted to myself as I was learning to walk and talk again. I feel that God has allowed me to survive the stroke for a reason and I am determined to fulfill His will for my life.
Seventh Divine Sign: Colossians 1:10. “So that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord to please him in all respects; bearing fruit in every good word and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
This has become the “mission verse” of both my blog and my life going forward. I want God to be pleased with every aspect of my life as I seek to live for Him. I want to continue sharing to those who read about God’s transforming power. He continues to guide me along this journey with verses from His living Word and they continually transform and empower my life.
It is my prayer that you will be on the lookout for those divine signs from God on your highway of life. Keep pressing forward with your eyes on Jesus and He will show you the way!
Do you have any Life verses from the Bible? If so , please share some of your favorites in the comments. I wanted to add Romans 8:28-29 as a more recent entry to my favorite list. Especially since my recommitting to Jesus.
Safe Travels to you and yours!