Signs, Listening, and Free Will

Today ended up being quite a refreshing day, leaving me quite relaxed about the future, while at the same time leaving many questions open about which signs I’m missing and how I haven’t listened very well over the past few months.

In Sunday School this morning, we discussed Numbers 22-24, where Balaam misses the signs that his donkey is saving his life by avoiding the sword of the angel of God.  It wasn’t until God opened Balaam’s eyes to see the angel and make his donkey talk before Balaam realizes the signs that he had missed.

This, of course, led to an in-depth discussion on free will and predestination.  We had an amazing analogy for free will, but at this moment, I can’t remember it.  I still think about CS Lewis’ analogy to our stories from Mere Christianity, where he describes our lives as a book that we only get to see one page at a time, making our choices and living in the moment.  God, being infinite, can step back from the page and look at the whole volume.

He knows how it ends and He can use us in each place we are.  That is incredibly comforting.  Where does it lead me?  I’m feeling more pulled in one direction.  I won’t say what that is now, but I need to start talking to people and setting things up.  I have so many interesting ideas in my head that I need to start formulating and taking risks on.

I know there is much more to say on the topic, but I’m going to have to hold the conclusion until tomorrow.  I do, however welcome any comments on signs and listening to God.