I wrote my last post about being cautious when asking God for signs, especially when it comes to something as important as the person who you will live with for the rest of your life. (See Signs Signs, Everywhere the Signs if you haven’t read it yet.)
I decided to add an addendum to this post because of a very amusing (bordering on hilarious) thing that happened last night during a small gathering of my community . I was telling my friends about my last post and about the “sign” I found in a Boggle game. As you may remember, my former boyfriend and I were praying about getting married, and the Boggle board read “Gavin is in love.”
My friends could not believe that it was true. They asked “What are the odds of that? Are you making this up to get more readers?” I promptly retorted “No, you guys, I have proof! I have a picture of the Boggle board on my phone!” (The picture above is not the actual board, by the way. I wanted to keep Gavin’s real name anonymous or else I would be saying “in your face!” to you as well.)
I uploaded said picture, and my friends Zach and Sarah looked at the little dice with letters on them, slowly picking out the sentence. “Oh yeah, there’s GAVIN, see it? And there’s IS and IN and LOVE. You’re right, we believe you now.”
They passed the boggle picture on to my friend Aaron. “Kate, there is another word in here that you missed. The word NOT.”
I looked at the picture, and sure enough, there it was, clear as day, although I had missed it for an entire year. “N-O-T.”
Depending on how astute I was at the game of Boggle, I could have read the sentence “GAVIN IS IN LOVE, ” or “GAVIN IS NOT IN LOVE.” Wow. Can you spell D-A-N-G-E-R-O-U-S?
Maybe God WAS sending me a sign with “Gavin is not in love” and I MISSED it! Dang it! My lack of word game problem solving skills could have messed up my whole future! Woe is me!
Except wait, maybe God is a little bit bigger than a Boggle game.
This actually proves my point very well. What if I had married Gavin after reading “Gavin Is In Love” on the Boggle board, convinced that God was telling me clearly what I was to do, only to look at the picture again a year down the road,? What if we were having some problems and I suddenly saw the “not” in “Justin Is NOT In Love?” If I believed in signs too much, I would be devastated and confused, asking God if I made a mistake in marrying him.
The moral of the story: don’t let a Boggle game tell your future.