I asked him for a sign that would let me know he was not angry. I decided the most appropriate sign would be a fire-engine with blue lights flashing, in his home county – the fire service that he had served with and had been an important part of his life.
All day I was in and around that area and saw nothing. I heard sirens and would look out the window, but they were ambulances or police. I arranged with the hospital mortuary to view his body that afternoon. As I drove into the city and around the one way system, just before turning into the hospital, there was a fire engine with the blue lights flashing.
I felt like he was telling me – here’s your sign, don’t worry, it’s okay and I’m okay – trying to console me before I saw his body.
Have you ever bargained with God or similar, especially in times of distress? I have. It doesn’t always work but it seems worth the try at the time. There are circumstances when we need comfort and even though it might not always be rational the response, as for the writer above, can be very comforting.
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Do you do deals with God? Do they work in your favour or do you sometimes find that the infinite knowledge of the higher being means that silence is the better response?