The Sign That Freaked Me Out

It happened in the winter. It freaked me out so much I have told hardly anyone. It’s time to tell the story.

I was going through a “dry-spell” in my faith–going through the motions. I needed a revival inside my soul.

Winter sometimes gets me that way. The long nights and short days at home affect me. Seasonal Affective Disorder “they” call it. SAD is a perfect acronym for it.

The Lord called me to Proverbs 31 Ministries almost three years ago. It is a high calling, and one I don’t take for granted. I love where I work and the people with whom I work.

With the rapid way the Lord is growing us,  it makes us desperately dependent on the Lord. I call it “growing pains.” The kind of growing pains that sometimes leave stretchmarks.

We have a God-sized vision to eradicate Biblical poverty–to inspire people to become passionate about Jesus and reading God’s Word. Once that vision is cast and people engage with our Proverbs 31 Ministries resources, then they can influence their hearts, homes, communities, cities, and states around them.  Although I know God’s provision follows God’s vision, raising the funds to do God’s work weighs on me sometimes.

That freaky incident, mentioned above, happened in February of this year.  Our amazing Proverbs 31 Ministries President Lysa TerKeurst was the only female keynote speaker at the wonderful Kingdom Advisors Conference in Orlando. More than 1,200 Christian financial advisors attended this conference.

It was holy ground and such an encouragement to attend. Lysa delivered a powerful message on the spiritual continuum of only needing God, trusting God, and wanting God.

Afterward, I went to my hotel room that night totally convicted, crying out to God. I apologized to Him that He was not my sole heart’s desire.  I confessed to God that He is all that I need. All that I trust. All that I want. At that moment, peace came.

The last day of the conference was filled with worshipful sessions, praise and worship. I couldn’t take notes fast enough as I was hopeful about implementing some of these ideas professionally and personally.

When it was time to leave the conference hotel and head to the Orlando airport, a gentleman from Black Cab picked me up. I thought I’d have time to reflect quietly on the 45-minute drive to the airport. He seemed talkative.

“Oh Great,” I thought to myself. I didn’t want to talk. I just wanted to marinate on all that I had learned and experienced. Then doubt set in again.

Questions flooded from within me. “God, why did You choose a women’s ministry like us at Proverbs 31 Ministries to eradicate Biblical poverty”?

“Why us?”

“Why me?”

“Please give me a sign that I am right in the middle of Your will. I need You. I trust You. I want You.”

And then it happened. At that moment, I looked up out of my window. Written in the sky just as clearly as could be, was the word “Trust.” Shocked, I asked the driver, “Why do you think that word is written in the sky”?

The driver replied, “Oh, he’s not finished. Each day the skywriter writes a message. It’s different every day.”

The skywriter started the next word. “J.”

We were getting close the airport.

“E” was formed. Then an “S.” My heart is skipping a beat by this time. No way.

Then the rest of the word. The Name. Absolute shock. Tears formed.  I was speechless.

The driver must have sensed my emotion.

He said, “Today’s message is just for you.”

Teary-eyed I said, “Yes, He knows what we need just when we need it.”

Okay, Okay, I get it.

Yes, sir, Jesus. I Trust YOU with all that I am.

Friend, if you have doubts, like I sometimes do, please be encouraged that God is with you.  He will reveal Himself to You when you need it most. He is the ultimate Skywriter on our hearts.

“Those who know Your name will trust in You, for you, Lord have never forsaken those who seek You.” –Psalm 9:10.

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. ” –Psalm 20:7-8.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…” –Proverbs 3:5

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  1. Wow Danya! I love a good God story. I live for them. Thank you for sharing so personally. Love you friend.

  2. Divine intervention!

  3. Linda Henman says:

    He always knows what we need and when we need it! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Donella Herring says:

    Beautiful and encouraging reminder of God’s faithfulness. Thank you for sharing.

  5. “The handwriting on the wall.” Perfect.

  6. Just what I needed now. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Love this Danya. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Wow! Thank you for sharing your journey so candidly and beautifully. You are such a blessing to so many, Danya!

  9. Very cool!

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  11. Amazing. I would have reacted exactly as you did. It’s also a blessing someone else was driving you to the airport and you weren’t behind the wheel! Reading this brought tears to my eyes. What an incredible God moment and a beautiful reminder I so needed today. Thank you for sharing. God is so good!

    • Thank you, sweet Tracie, for reading my blog and for your encouragement. I’m thankful also I wasn’t driving, and I’m so grateful for you. God is good all the time. Love you!

  12. This is an incredible testimony. Thank you so much for sharing, Danya.
    “Trust Jesus” – just the reminder we need. Thank you, Lord.

  13. Kelly Lewis says:

    Thank you for sharing Danya, and for your transparency. You always inspire.

  14. Danya, I hope the sign that freaked you out has become the sign that brings you comfort. Hey, wouldn’t be great if God wrote us messages in the sky the whole time. But, maybe not. We’d be so freaked out we’d be walking into lamp posts and driving off the road and causing all sorts of chaos. But, God knows when we need a message from him. His timing is perfect.

  15. Nancy Jamesob says:

    Hey Danya! That is wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing and ENCOURAGING! We HAVE to keep our eyes on Him. There’s no other way!!

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