This page will maintain that theme, though I’m reluctant to even admit that I do what I do all the time! I walk for exercise, but not as consistently as I want to. In the past, these walks often took place early in the morning before the sun came up. Usually, by the end of my walk, the sun would be coming up and I could see the street more clearly.
One morning at the end of my walk, I happened to notice some freshly painted markings on the street beneath me. Bright orange, yellow and red cryptic markings appeared to mark some sort of utility lines or something. I studied them as I passed by and began to see an analogy.
The people who made those marks knew a specific code that no one else would understand except the company who made them. They had lines, numbers and other assorted shapes brilliantly spray painted. Codes have always intrigued me, and this was no exception.
As I continued to walk, I noticed there were many more markings than I had ever noticed before, but these were all faded and barely noticeable in the half light of morning. As usual, my brain started working on these codes. I wasn’t trying to solve the codes, but to understand what the Lord was revealing to me spiritually.
My devotional pages are dedicated to pausing every day to find Jesus on the trail, so I naturally head that direction when something catches my attention like those markings did.
I began to see a deeper meaning as I rounded the corner to my house to get ready for work. I reasoned that those marks made would tell the specific utility company how far in from the edge a cable might run, or at which point a junction had been made. They might reveal in vibrant colors, what work needed to be done or where the technicians needed to dig.
No matter how faded the markings became, at a later point, the utility company could come back out to that same street and find the marks and know exactly what they meant. Anyone else would be clueless. Nor would they care.
What the Holy Spirit revealed to me in those strange marks was how He knows where each person has things in their heart that need tending. He has marked every spot where an old hurt might be and has coded that into us where few would realize or even notice.
His complete revelation knowledge of us is so vast that we could never fathom it no matter how hard we tried. Since I am a volunteer lay counselor, I recognize this trait of the Lord to identify and pinpoint issues that I and the client may never recognize. But, He sees them as clearly as those cryptic markings on the street.
He knows just how far in from the edge a problem is in our hearts or minds. He knows exactly how far down to dig to root out things we have pushed down through years of denial or pain. Better yet, He wants us to see that He knows those things.
I believe He has left a kind of visible mark on the outside of us which can identify those areas that need His healing touch. If I recognize that fact, then I can be looking for the signs and ask Him for wisdom on how to respond so my clients can be healed.
God didn’t place those things on the outside for everyone to understand. He put them there for those who would work for His kingdom “power” company. He allowed those of us who want to see His healing take place in people’s lives, to see the marks and call for the “keys” to unlock the codes.
It seems such a simple thing, those strange markings on the asphalt, but how effective they are to the trained eyes. Such is the way with those God desires to use to help others. He loves to partner with His children when He wants to help someone else. It’s His joy to share everything with us. But we have to know what we are looking at to be able to do what no one else could do.
Many people drive by or walk by the markings on the street every day. They may see them, but don’t care what they mean or why they are there. Too many people walk past someone who is hurting and don’t look for the signs on the outside. I believe God desires for us to be a little like detectives and ask Him, “What do these markings mean, Lord.”
My prayer for you today is that you will open your eyes to the strange, seemingly nonsensical markings on people’s outsides that may lead to something deeper the Lord wants to heal. Ask Him to use you and help you see what they mean so you can touch another life with His loving, caring hand.
If you are the one who needs help, I pray that the Lord will send someone to you who can be used to see deeper than the surface. You may have to become a little vulnerable in the process, but I know you can trust your Heavenly Father to be gentle with you and to bring you just the right person to help when you need it most.
Don’t allow yourself to focus on the outward, but realize that the Lord put those things there to reveal just where you need help. Those whom He has prepared to help you will see beyond the obvious and be given the ability to read all those cryptic markings.
1 Corinthians 2:7-11a
but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; but just as it is written,
“Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him.”
For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him…”
Always in Jesus,
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