“When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, the Lord hath done great things for them.” (Psalm 126:1)
What do you want God to do for you? Hopefully by now you know that “all things are lawful…but all things are not expedient.” (1 Corinthians 6:12) In other words, we can’t turn into God’s will whatever we see and therefore want. And with reference to the “seeing”, not everything that would seem for all intents and purposes like it was God “trying to tell us something” is, or was, that.
“Produce your cause, saith the Lord; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob. Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things to come.” (Isaiah 41:21-22)
When waiting on the Lord for a clear cut answer as to which direction He’d have you take in light of the numerous influences and thoughts vying for your attention and therefore reaction, the best advice I can offer is wait. A hallmark of the Father is that He is unhurried. It’s humans who decide to push forward in a harried rush to accomplish and acquire. I think about how complex and detail-oriented God is. And yet getting ahead of Him and His simplicity is what causes the machinery to fall apart. God is both perfect in timing and perfect in peace. Always look for His peace when seeking out God’s thoughts on the matter. Bring those pieces of data to Him and allow the Holy Spirit to sift through and determine their worth. This is what a happendix is, after all. When once you’ve gone through that test and trial and you’ve waited for God to come through for you, looking back and seeing all the false starts and “signs and lying wonders” (2 Thessalonians 2:9b) and then letting them die where they lay. God’s will for your life is at once simpler and also more beautiful than you could imagine–or make up on your own.
“For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed.” (Jeremiah 29:8, emphasis mine)
“As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when Thou awakest, Thou shalt despise their image.” (Psalm 73:20)
Not just dreams, but “signs” and “symbols” (all under the banner of “image”) as well. If “Everything Is Symbolic” as I am looking to posit, then this simply means that everything is looking to transmit some piece of information. And information comes from a mind. But not every mind is worth taking said information into our head and heart and running with it. Assuming you believe in God, it should follow that He wants to communicate to you. “God…Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son.” (Hebrews 1:1-2a) If what you hear or see or sense doesn’t in some way lead you to Him and His (i.e. Jesus), then it’s not true. To be in possession of some type of spiritual gift–a sensitivity of sorts–can be a double-edged sword as it requires we submit more of our time and attention to the Holy Spirit and see that He witness to the truth of the complexity of our lives. Ask simple questions. Receive profound, life-altering answers. I must admit that I have seen some stuff. Things that I thought meant one thing and that could in no way mean anything else. I hate to sound vague but it’s not worth bringing up the specific instances as they were nothing but lies. But what was so scary is that the “coincidences” in question were so much more than happenstance. Here’s the thing. Do what you’re doing. Wait on God and meditate in His word in whatever way you and He have worked out. And He’ll make sense of everything else.
“He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” (Psalm 126:6)