He replied, "When evening comes, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,' and in the morning, 'Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times."
This past week has the perfect weather for hanging clothes on the line. Hot, breezy, and dry. Very dry!
Wednesday, I wash two loads of clothes. Thursday, I opt for sheets and towels. Friday, I scan what I can of the sky through our canopy of leaves. Blue sky. A puff of white here and there. Looks good! And, knowing I won't have time on Saturday for wash, I go for a single load and hang it on the line.
I head out just after lunch to run an errand. As my car emerges from the shade into the blinding sunlight at the top of our driveway, I see the clouds, mostly white above, but thicker on the horizon. Unmistakable tinges of gray appear like threatening shadows on the distant cloud mountains.
No doubt about it. Those hit-or-miss, summer pop-up showers are in the offing.
Rats! What about the clothes? Should I turn around now, or take a chance they'll be okay?
I decide to keep going and complete my errand as quickly as possible so I can get back home and guard the drying laundry.
When more of the horizon appear, I begin to regret my decision. But, now I'm halfway to my destination and don't want to waste gas. Above me hovers a particularly ominous cloud.
But, no rain. Yet . . .
I reach the store, make my purchases hastily, and am back on the road to home in no time flat. That's when the bottom drops out. On come the headlights. The wiper blades whirr furiously. And, I'm praying this shower is only local and my clothes are still safe.
Whew! Within minutes, my car outruns the shower, and things are beginning to look up. I am so relieved when at last I turn into our neighborhood, and all is dry as a bone.
But, I hear thunder in the distance. I must be prepared. Watch for signs in the sky.
I leave the laundry hanging, hoping we're a miss, not a . . . Oh, no!!! Here it comes! It's a race against the raindrops! I'm in such a frenzy to rescue the almost-dry clothes, I don't even take the time to put away the clothespins. That can wait!
The damp laundry is resigned to a spin in the dryer. Weather: 1, Me: 0.
And, I think to myself, I need to get better at heeding the signs . . .
Have there been signs in your life that you heeded (or didn't) which have made all the difference in where you are today?
Will you join me in prayer?
Keep us awake and aware, Father, of the many signs You give us. Let us heed Your call to us in faith and trust, knowing that You will keep us on the right paths for Your Name's sake. Amen.