Embracing the Signs

Photo:  Sister Nancy A. Sell, OSF

Photo: Sister Nancy A. Sell, OSF

I recently noticed some signs and thought about different interpretations for the same signs.  For example two signs one on top of the other read:  “Caution Children”  meaning there are children in the area,  drive cautiously.  The one below it said, “Dead End”, meaning there is no outlet to this road.  Deleting the word children, the signs together could read, “Caution, dead-end” which means the situation you are about to become involved isn’t going to go anywhere, isn’t going to be life-giving, reconsider your decision.

In Luke’s gospel (9:18-24) from the Christian scriptures, Jesus invites his disciples to know who they are and what they are about in finding the life-giving road.  Jesus encourages them to be clear who he is for them and what it means to stand with him.  In many ways Jesus warns the disciples against making decisions that result in “dead ends” that are not life-giving.  He prompts them to be sure the people they put their trust are worthy so situations will not result in a dead-end.

Are there signs in our lives that caution a situation is a dead-end and warrants other routes?  Sometimes knowing what to do and how to speak the truth in love is not always clear.  We open our hearts to the Divine living and moving in our lives to know how to proceed to  an open road rather than reaching a dead-end.

What are the signs you embrace in your life?

Blessings and peace

About SisterNancy

I am a Catholic Sister, a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I enjoy swimming and nature: hiking in the mountains and along rolling hills, sitting by water and walking through the various seasons of life. I am a spiritual director, spirituality consultant, chaplain and retreat director. You can contact me at sisternancyosf@gmail.com
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One Response to Embracing the Signs

  1. Judy Bell says:

    Two signs I would like to add are “Caution S Curve” and “Bridge Out” to reflect two major issues which we are bound to run into and which require opening our eyes and hearts to Divine inspiration. We can’t always see what is ahead around the next bend and must proceed with caution and faith that God will take us safely ahead through the double curves of our lives. God knows all and sees all – trouble ahead and trouble behind, through all our blind curves.
    “Bridge Out” is a reminder of our need to be aware that when communication breaks down completely, we need to turn around and find another route. You can’t proceed when the bridge is totally gone. Often this requires an unexpected detour, and often delay, but it is a sign that we cannot proceed in our current direction. Gaps in the road ahead, in communication, and in Life, often demand a complete detour.
    Sister Nancy, I am being more attentive to the signs on the road. Thank you.

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