... in a road sign

Published on 16 Jul 2021
A sign which says Deaf Child

On my way from the grocery store I often pass a road sight that says ‘DEAF CHILD’. Seeing the sign always gives me a pause and makes me more alert. I have never seen a child or children playing outside on the road where the sign is placed, yet it always catches my attention.

Just the other day, as I was again on my bike the thought came to mind; That road sign, and in effect the  child who it is protecting, is to me like God’s gentle nudge to slow down, be present and notice life around me. It reminds me to listen and look more carefully. It reminds me that God is inviting me into a silent communion, a relationship beyond words, a life of faith, love, trust and surrender that needs to be seen, not just talked about. Perhaps too God is calling me, as a soul companion to others, just like that road sign, to be a reminder of paying attention, slowing down, taking care not to miss the gift of God’s silent loving communication to us.