When we were flying home from Tampa, I made my usual stop in the airport restroom. Sitting there, I reached for the toilet paper when I saw it, right there above the dispenser, scratched deeply into the paint:

What are you doing?

Odd question, I thought, since I think it’s fairly obvious what people are doing in the bathroom, but it took me aback, nonetheless, because I’d just seen this exact scenario in a movie we’d recently watched. One of the main characters, sitting in my same position, looked up and saw this exact phrase scrawled into the enameled stall wall.

What are you doing?

Coincidence? Rarely. At least in my experience. Something this similar, repeating itself within a short time span, is typically an encore performance for my benefit. It’s the question of Someone bigger than I, and it’s asking past the obvious, the literal, into my heart.

Really, Melinda…what are you doing?

Consider your choices lately. Think about the direction you’re heading. Got some sin that needs confessing? Know of someone that needs to hear about Me? How about that last thing I asked you to do?

Sometimes we ask God for handwriting on the wall.

Sometimes He gives it to us.

He just might be asking you the same question today.

What are you doing?


I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do…” Ephesians 1:18 MSG

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17 ESV

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:27-28 ESV

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 ESV