I was sharing with my #Periscope* devotion group #HOPEscope* about how I often use visual objects to keep me focused on God during the day, and during my prayer time.
This particular day we were discussing how he is our firm foundation. I mentioned that HE is our Rock. The lyrics “On Christ the solid rock I stand” were playing in my head. I showed them a rock I set out as I reminder of this truth. I mentioned the variety of other ways that a visual person, such as myself, can use items to represent truths and remind us of scripture.
Sometimes it takes something to pull our thoughts back to our Creator. In my ministry I often leave the audience with a token, a book or a bookmark to help them remember what was shared. I’ve gotten emails from people even years later who mention they still use the token to remind them of a particular truth.
For a visual person, images are extremely powerful in processing the world. As a lover of Nature and the Creator, I often see the fingerprints of God where ever I look outside. My heart longs for the sea constantly as I feel HIS presence so strongly there. My connection to the Creator is both enhanced and strengthened by the visual.
Today I was reading in Numbers 15:37-41
“37 The Lord said to Moses, 38 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel. 39 You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the Lord, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by chasing after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes. 40 Then you will remember to obey all my commands and will be consecrated to your God.”
Even God saw that HIS people needed tangible reminders of his commandments or his words.
These reminders were called tzitzit [tsiˈtsit] the Hebrew name for specially knotted ritual
fringes, or tassels, worn in antiquity by Israelites and today by observant Jews and Samaritans. They were a tangible reminder ordained by God.
Now these were the same people who saw the seas parted and manna fall from heaven. They “experienced” first hand (not just read about) intense miracles and blessings from the very hand of God. They were first and second generation evacuees from Egypt…and yet…they forgot. They got sidetracked from God and what he required.
God created us. He knows how we think. He knows how we can be distracted like the Israelites. The world is a busy and noisy place and it causes us to be sidetracked much like the Israelites were. If distractions were prevalent back then before electricity and social media…flash forward.
POP up ads lure people into situations that are unholy. We have beeps/whistles/passwords and codes. We are forced to remember so much other information that often what God speaks to us gets shoved out or put aside. While I have seen Social Media used for good and to positive ends, there is no denying that it can become a huge time waster and massive distraction.
It is prudent that as believers we utilize whatever means possible to remember the
commandments and promises of God. Having tangible reminders visible helps pull our focus back to our Creator. It might mean setting our phone alarm to remind us to pray or study the word, or putting a Post-it note on our computer. I don’t see many of us sewing tassels to our clothes. The word of God doesn’t change though our visual reminders might.
39 You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the LORD, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by chasing after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes. 40 Then you will remember to obey all my commands and will be consecrated to your God.”
The word consecration literally means “association with the sacred”. I want to be associated with God how about you?
Next blog will be focusing on Prayer and Tangible ways we can stay focused or make it more meaningful!
POINT TO PONDER: What visual reminders speak to you about the awesomeness of God?
(*Periscope is app where my show #HOPEscope airs mornings after 7am and eves after 8pm I am over there at ” kissedbycreator “)