In our church bulletin on Easter Sunday, was this quote by Martin Luther: “Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.”
I don’t know a lot about church history and I can’t quote the Bible chapter and verse. I think Luther was right, though. If you are a believer, God can surely speak to you in the words of the Bible and other religious writings but I think He can also speak to you in other ways that are specific to yourself. After all, He knows you best. The quote above resonates with me because I’m a bit of a nature freak. I love the resurrection aspect of Spring, the anticipation of the potential it brings.
A few weeks ago, I was mentally dealing with the issue of outlining the book I’m writing and trying to come up with a serious plan. As a result I wasn’t working on the writing; I was working on the plan. Then one morning, while driving to the bus, an otter ran across the road in front of me. Yes, it was an otter, not a cat or muskrat or groundhog. That’s not a sight you see every day!
When I posted about it on Facebook, my friend, Paige, mentioned that the otter is known for its playful nature. Okay, light bulb moment! I quit working so hard on the plan and started trying to have a more playful approach to the writing. So far, it’s worked much better.
Now, did God actually send that critter across the road in front of me just to tell me to lighten up? Or, was it just some random occurrence that will happen to one in every 1,258.479 people at some point in their lives? It depends on what you believe, I guess. For myself, I know that God does speak to me. I just have to be open enough to hear Him.