Our Sunday school lesson today was from Judges chapters 6 - 7. We studied Gideon. Apparently I've read this before because there are notes in the margins. However, I couldn't remember having read it or anything about Gideon or what he had done. In my margin it says, "God sees us as He is going to make us" and "it's okay to ask."
Gideon is asked by God to lead an army to strike down the Midianites. Gideon is awestruck that God would use him - a poor man from the least tribe. Gideon asks God to "wait one moment" because he needs a sign. So Gideon prepares a sacrifice which God causes to burst into flames. And Gideon realizes it is God. He obeys God's command to tear down the altars of the gods (Baal and Asherah), but does it at night so as not to be seen by others. Soon Gideon requests another sign and then another. Gideon needs reassurance over and over again that God is with him.
I think I'm like Gideon. I need a sign. I need a feeling. I need a stirring within my heart. I'd love to see God, a burning bush, a flash of lightening or something. But I'd be content with a feeling. To be able to feel God. I would like some response to my question --- God are you out there?