Here’s your sign
Have you ever heard the comic, Bill Engvall? I was reminded of him yesterday in our after-church fellowship time. You might remember him as one of the ‘Red Neck Comedy Tour’ comedians (from the 1990s and the 2000s) with Jeff Foxworthy, who hosts Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader. He has a series of one liners that people stupidly say to one another. His idea is that we should give people a sign when they say things that are not very bright, so his tag line is “Here’s your sign.” It’s worth checking out on YouTube.
For example, Engvall and his buddy get off a boat with a big string of bass. An on-looker says, “You catch all them fish?” Bill replies, “ Nope, talked 'em into givin' up.” Here's your sign. Or this one, when he tells about a truck driver who gets his rig stuck under an overpass. One of the folks who comes out of their homes to see the spectacle asks the trucker, “You get your truck stuck?” And without missing a beat, the trucker says "nope, I was deliverin' that overpass, and I ran outta gas." Here's your sign. And a last one, where he tells about a friend who bought two cakes for his wife's birthday, with a "3" on one and an "8" on the other. The store clerk asks, “Oh, do you have twins?” And the friend retorts, “Yup, my wife was in labor for five years.” Here's your sign.
God gives signs. Not for stupid stuff (well, ok, occasionally), but generally as a sign of completion and approval for following God’s direction. Bet you didn’t know that. Or maybe you did, but haven’t thought about how it might impact your life.
God gave all creation a sign that the great flood in Genesis 6-9 was over, and that God would never again destroy the world with a flood. You know that one….the rainbow. Every time we see the rainbow it is to remind us of this promise.
Well, that doesn’t seem like much of a sign, does it. Where is the brimstone and hail? That would be a good sign. What about some booming words from heaven, audible to all? That would signify confirmation, to be sure. Why not a giant blessing of money or fame for our work? We could put that to good use.
But, no, God says getting it done is the sign. And if you consider this idea of the sign being the fulfillment, doesn’t it make sense? Isn’t it rather orderly? Maybe not what we would materialistically want, and maybe not the recognition we desire.
So, try these on for size:
The reward for doing something...is in getting it done.
The appreciation for a job well accomplished...is that you accomplished it.
The sign that you did what God wanted...is that what was predicted came true.
No heavenly cracks of thunder, no human applause, no monetary rewards.
Just a simple plan of a sign, a sign that is given when the job is done.
And I will leave it at that, for you to ponder. Have a great September!
With Love and Laughs,