I'm on my usual path, rounding the final corner where I get to a turn around spot. As I glance down to that point, I see a white car. Unusual. It's 6:45 a.m. The sun is just coming up. And there's a big orchard at the end of the sidewalk where I turn around for home. What to do . . . do I turn around now, as it maybe be dangerous ahead, or do I go a little closer. So I jog a little farther to see that there might be lights, as in the lights of a police car, on top. But I am not convinced - it could be a disguise. In the back of my mind is the thought that I can still turn around early if need be. I jog a little farther and see that there really are lights on to of the vehicle and markings on the side, which confirms that it is indeed a police car - yes, I am safe, I can continue on. I recognize that that was an authentic police car and not a vehicle of hidden danger . . .
It's like the manifestations of God and his presence that I just don't understand yet. I see them off in the distance and maybe that makes me want to run the other way. . . maybe these things are not even of God. So I get a little closer to them and match it up with what I know of God and his character. And because I am getting to know God deeper and deeper, I can recognize what is of him and what isn't. But I can't just run from these things; I've got to watch and observe and know the character of God.
What actions look strange or maybe not even of God to you? Are you getting "dangerously close" to God just like Ruth slept at the threshing floor at the feet of Boaz after gleaning in his fields. (Ruth 3:7-9) They are later married and she gives birth to Obed, who was the father of Jesse who was the father of David.