The other day I made a wonderful discovery: Chloe and Cole were diligently working on improving their handwriting skills.
The not-so-wonderful news was the way in which they were going about it. They were writing on the walls.
While Cole only scribbled, making large loops and swirls across huge blank areas of his bedroom wall, Chloe wrote words. She wrote her full name below her light switch, “I love you” next to her closet door and even engraved “princess” on the headboard of her bed. I know that isn’t the same as writing on the wall, but I wanted it recorded for posterity.
Why did they do it? I guess because they wanted to let people know what’s important to them. Cole apparently wanted people to know he can draw really cool interconnected circles with little effort. Chloe wanted people to know the light switch belonged to her and she loved her closet door.
They wanted this information “out there” for everyone to see, so they made it abundantly clear by writing it on the wall.
God wrote on a wall to make something abundantly clear, too.
In Daniel 5, Belshazzar was king of Babylon. During one of his feasts, he saw a hand appear and begin writing on the wall. The king was understandably afraid and asked what it meant. None of his wise men, however, could interpret the writing, much less read it.
The queen suggested Belshazzar call Daniel and see if he could tell the king what the writing said and what it meant. Daniel came in, read the inscription and told Belshazzar exactly what it was God was telling him.
God chose to speak to Belshazzar in a very dramatic manner. While I’ve never heard of another instance quite like this one, sometimes God goes to great lengths when the people he’s trying to talk to are not inclined to listen.
Is God trying to get your attention? What will he have to do to get it? Will it require him writing on your wall? Skywriting on a clear day?
Or has God already written his name on your heart, so you’ll know better than to step outside of his will in the first place?
The Rev. Parrish Myers is a local minister living in Braselton. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.