40 sea gulls huddled together in a patch of water surrounded by thin ice in front of my shore this morning. They were striking in flight brightened by the sun against the blue sky, but I wasn't fast enough to get a picture of that.
I meditated on Isaiah 7:10-14 where Matthew got his quote about Emmanuel. The king's enemies are closing in on him and he is thinking about allying himself with the Assyrians for protection. Isaiah is trying to talk him out of that plan and suggests he ask God for a sign. The king says he doesn't want to bother God with the matter, but what he's really saying is that his mind is made up.
How often we do that! We want to do something so much that we don't really want any advice or sign to the contrary, even God's opinion.