“The other side of the road sign” was on my mind the other day. Road signs are pointers toward what and where we want to go, or at least to what is ahead if we continue beyond the sign. Road signs can warn us. Road signs can encourage us. In either case, they are valuable.
When listening to music about love, I am facing a road sign. Of course, they are not infallible. Nonetheless, they frequently tell me about the beauty that can come by both loving someone as well as being loved by someone. And, of course, they also describe the pain that accompanies the cessation of love, whether by death or abandonment; even with that they are pointing.
But love music normally sets up love as a desirable state. We are better for loving. We are better for being loved. Being loved gives us comfort, stability, joy, purpose, companionship, etc.. Loving does the same, assuming that our love is not being rejected. As I said, love music is a road sign. It is telling us what we can experience as we move down the road.
But, I need to take this a further step beyond love music. We, the lovers and the loved, are also road signs to what lies beyond what and where we are. Putting it in theological terms, we humans are part of the general revelation provided by God, revelation about God. That is implicit in the Biblical teaching that we humans are images of God. We have, as one of various functions of being images of God, the one of communicating truth about God to others. Sometimes we are very conscious that people have learned from us. Getting comments from students is always an encouragement when they refer to knowing God better due to a given course I have taught.
But, the person who was the most important “road sign” to the character of God was my wife. Some things she taught me with words. Many things she taught me with her behavior. Here’s to the best road sign I have ever had. And, here’s to the road signs that she was, but to which I still haven’t even arrived.