I've been thinking about Charles' sermon this morning, especially about signs from God. Like Charles, I've never been one to receive lots of visible, audible signs from God. Either I am thick headed and blind or God has generally wanted me to discern his will through a more extensive and intensive process. I've always likened my call to ministry as a light gradually dawning. God generally seems to draw me gently into realizations--maybe because fear has always been such a driving factor in my life. Yet, God has also led me to points in my life when I had no choice but to jump into whatever he was calling me to do--long before I was ready or felt prepared. Of course, that day probably wouldn't ever come for me. Actually, I think part of the reason God pushes me into things I don't particularly want to do is so I will know that I HAVE to rely on God and not myself.
So -- how does God speak to you? What signs have you seen? And when has God pushed you into a new situation/ministry before you felt ready? And how did you respond?