How does a bird know when to fly when the air is cool in the autumn sky… I wrote that line for a song some years ago. The song was actually called ‘Signs’. The song was full of those type of lines, examining why things happen. The song was never meant to be a great mystery trying to figure out the ways of life, it was simply a song about recognizing the signs that present themselves to us.

But we don’t have to be that poetic to see those signs. Making it very basic, the sign that we need to eat is when we get hungry, the sign that we need to sleep is we get tired. No rocket science there. So why is it that when we get the signs that we are about to go wrong, we ignore them? I’m not talking of anything in particular here so I will keep it basic.

Actually, here is one of mine. It’s not exactly the crime of the century but something I need to avoid because of a serious reason, but don’t. I am a real sucker for fresh cream cakes. Certainly not a sin or nothing wrong with that until you look at my health. I have coronary heart disease. I have had two stents fitted already simply because my body doesn’t deal with Cholesterol very well.

A few years ago, I ended up in hospital on the critical list after having a particular nasty bout of Angina. Thankfully, it was
sorted and for the most part I’m now back to being healthy but I have been warned not to indulge.

So why do I ignore the signs when faced with these fantastically tasting cream cakes? It’s simple. I’m weak. Because there is
something where I am going to get an awful lot of pleasure from, I take the chance and ignore the danger signs.

Ok, that is a whimpish example but the principal is the same across the board. Mentally we outweigh the risks in our mind and we choose to go with what makes us happy in the moment and ignore the consequences. Not a good idea when we think
about it.

So without harping on about the ‘ifs’ and ‘whys’ lets remind ourselves of a few things to give us a little extra strength when we are making those decisions. I need to remind myself that God never lets us bite off more than we can chew, (excuse the pun).

In 1 Corinthians 10:13 Paul tells us that God always provides us with a way out. This is where we need to look for the signs. Not
ignore them. For me, maybe putting my hand over my heart will remind me that I have a problem. My heart is my sign. It will require a little sacrifice but in the grand scheme of things, it’s not a big one. Another goodmincentive is to look at the sacrifices Jesus made for us. Let’s learn to be true Christians.

Please look for the signs in your daily lives and ask yourselves, are you being shown the way?

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