The Seven Sacred Signposts are the result of my search-- praying, listening, studying Scripture and theology, comparing my findings with the findings of others who also desired to make sense of it all. It is my desire to share what I have learned about what to expect on your spiritual journey--with the hope that it will help you!
One of the most difficult aspects to the spiritual journey is that there is no roadmap! Over more than forty years of following Christ, I have learned to pay attention to patterns, to lessons I learned, to recurring "'signposts" along the path. Often I received instruction in the form of poems and prayers from the Holy Spirit to help me know where I was even if I felt lost along the path.
This instruction encouraged, comforted and strengthened my soul. It is now my desire to give back, to "call back" if you will from my journey with the Master teacher, Rabboni--the risen Christ Jesus who promised even to leave us or forsake us. He promised the gift of His own Spirit, saying:
"I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify Me because it is from Me that He will receive what He will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from Me what He will make known to you" (John 16:12-16).
While it is true that the spiritual journey is a walk of faith and not sight (II Corinthians 5:7)-- and that each believer has a unique journey and calling by God--yet, I do think that is it helpful to know when we are on the right track, especially when we feel lost, or alone, or cannot seem to hear God. The Signposts echo of God's voice through Jeremiah:
Keep the highway in mind,
the way you have traveled.
Return, O virgin Israel.
So, in short, the Seven Sacred Signposts are "things normal" in the life of faith! I call them "Signposts" so that you can know that you are still on the path! These signposts are not necessarily sequential and they are definitely cyclical. In other words, you can expect to see them in random order, as well as over and over again.
For example, we are always going deeper in sweetness, in secrets, in surrender and so on. We are pilgrims on a path of ever-deepening faith as long as we are on earth. Jesus offers Himself to be our personal Guide, our dearest Friend, the Lover of our soul, and, most of all, our Savior. He always has MORE to show us and to teach us until our days on earth are finished. And all the while He is changing our desires as well and making us more fit to live with God eternally. My greatest hope and prayer is that some of what He has taught me through the years will also help you.
- Sweetness: You can expect to experience the SWEETNESS of abundant life that God the Father longs to give you through Jesus, your Good Shepherd, who will give you a rich, inner life and peace through the Holy Spirit . . . for the the Spirit alone gives eternal life (John 10:10, 6:63, Romans 8:6). You will have the privilege of being tended and loved on as the Psalmist David describes: "The Lord is my Shepherd. I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads beside quiet streams, He renews my soul" (Psalm 23: 1-3).
- Secrets: You will be given the SECRETS of the Kingdom of God, as it is promised: "Call to Me and I will answer you and will tell you great and secret things that you have not known (Jeremiah 33:3). Of course, these secrets are OPEN secrets, because they are written clearly in the God-breathed Scriptures, such as this: "And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing His glory" (Colossians 1:27; II Timothy 3:16-17).
- Surrender: You will be asked to SURRENDER to self-will and to live for God's will, so that Jesus truly becomes your Master, as He says: "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow Me" (Luke 9:23). You become a Christ-follower and your life begins to show, more and more, that you love and honor God. And for YOU? You will have a healthier soul and a healthier life! God's ways and His will are good, and right and true, as Jesus said, "If you give up your life for My sake, you will save it" (Luke 9:24).
- Struggles: You can be sure to experience STRUGGLES within and without in this journey. . . "for everyone will be tested with fire" (Mark 9:49). This is the process of cleansing and growing our souls to become strong, resilient and pure: "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness . . . (Ephesians 6:12-13). As Oswald Chambers says, "Sin makes the world wild." We live in a fallen world and our souls contain darkness as well as light. Yet, "God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it" (I Corinthians 10:13).
- Stillness: You will discover the treasures of silence and solitude in the STILLNESS of God's holy and beautiful presence as you learn to "be still and know that He is God " (Psalm 46:10). You will be amazed to learn that "the Lord waits for you to come to Him so that He can show you His love and compassion . . . " (Isaiah 30:18). Stillness is a place of great power that many Christ-followers fail to find. It is here that our battle scars are tended and our strength is renewed, for "those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get weary, they will walk and not faint" (Isaiah 40:31).
- Suddenlys: You can count on occasional SUDDENLYS in your life of faith--both astonishing miracles and riveting crisis events. This signpost is very important to remember because when the "dark valleys" happen, we think we have been abandoned. Nothing could be further from the truth for "You are with me" (Psalm 23:4). Suddenlys are the most powerful vehicles of spiritual growth. They are a call for a new levels of trust as you learn to embrace the deepest meaning of this verse: "In ALL things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28).
- Seeing: You will also experience SEEING more and more of who God is, as well as more and more of who you are. This is called "double knowledge" by theologians--knowledge of God, knowledge of self. Both are important to a healthy soul and vital to transformation into God's own image, or "imago dei." You are actually being transformed into a new and better version of yourself (II Corinthians 5:17). And, you becoming more and more free, as the Apostle Paul says: "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all . . . are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit" (II Corinthians 3:17-18). Now hold onto your seat. At the end of your journey with Jesus, you will receive the most astonishing gift of all: "You will be like Him, for you will see Him as He really is" (I John 3:2).