On the beautiful island of Bermuda there is a rock hanging on a rope with a large sign beside it which says, "Weather Station: Check the Rock. If it's wet, it's raining. If it's moving, it's windy. If you can't see it, it's foggy. If the rock is gone, it's a hurricane."

Don't you just love it? At least it's reliable!

I sometime kid, too, that the best way to get the latest weather report is to look out the window! Some things in life are obvious. And yet it is amazing how the obvious can stare us in the face and we not see it. And sometimes, with God, instead of "looking out the window" where the answer is staring us in the face, we want a special sign from him! All the evidence was staring the Jews in the
face and still they refused to accept Jesus as their promised Messiah—because he didn't arrive the way they wanted or expected!

Sometimes we, too, want a special sign from God for various reasons when the answer is staring us in the face. Sometimes we want God to be co-dependent and tell us everything we should or shouldn't do—or even do for us what we need to do for ourselves. It should be obvious to the alcoholic who wants his wife and family back that he first needs to come to grips with his problem and overcome it, before he can expect his wife to return to him. Instead, he wants God to deliver him from the obvious consequences of his irresponsible behavior and give him his wife and family back now. It doesn't work that way. Never has. Never will. 

I have to admit when in college on more than one occasion I prayed that God would help me pass an exam when I knew very well that I wasn't adequately prepared because I hadn't studied sufficiently throughout the school term. It had nothing to do with God's mercy that I passed this course. I had studied enough to get by. Had I not done this, I would have failed ... with God's blessing, no less!

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