Do you know how a prophet proved their worth in ancient times? If their prophecies came true… they were heroes, if their prophecies did not come true… well… they were in a heap of trouble (like life-threatening trouble). People would actually be out to get them.
We all have a little bit of ‘prophet’ in us. Who hasn’t had an experience in which we thought… “hmmm… this means something”. Sadly, most of these experiences get lost, forgotten or dismissed in our daily life rush. But, what if we held out the hope that these prophetic things that happen in our lives were ‘meant to be’ . What if we had the courage to believe that they pointed us towards a new and better horizon. As ‘works in progress’… ‘new and better’ holds a lot of promise.
In Acts 5 (verse 32) we get some sage advice from a historically revered Jewish teacher, Gamaliel. He advises a ‘prophetic’ course of action in dealing with the Christian upstarts of his day (Peter, John and company):
I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone; because if this plan or this undertaking is of human origin, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them—in that case you may even be found fighting against God!’
What does this mean for you and me? Well… I would like us to entertain the idea that God is always working in our lives. Sometimes we become aware of this working before we know or understand it. At such times we may be hit with the unshakeable feeling that, “hmmm…. this means something”. Let’s not dismiss it. Let’s see where it leads. It may be ‘of human origin’ in which case it will probably be of little consequence… but then again, it may be ‘of God’, in which case we might have a whole new horizon to look at in our lives.