About Those Messages Filling Our Minds…
Lucinda Secrest McDowell
As my eyes open after a long night of sleep, they slowly begin to focus on what’s in front of me. Letters merge into words and I read them yet again — “Each day is a gift from God.”
I imprinted these words on the slanted eaves of our bedroom wall, exactly at eye level, so that they would be the first words I saw when I woke up and the last words as I went to bed.
They are now deeply engrained in my mind and heart, prompting gratitude for the gift of life.
In Deuteronomy, Moses is warning the people who have wandered in the desert for forty years and are soon to be crossing over into the Promised Land. He knows how easy it will be for them to, yet again, forget the faithfulness of the true God, and chase after other false gods. So he suggests several ways to keep God’s law in their lives –“Imprint these words of Mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 11.18-19 HCSB
Anything to make sure they don’t forget the truth.
What cultural messages are saturating your mind today? How can you (and I) keep God’s Truth at the forefront?
One way is to imprint scripture on our minds, and hearts too.
God’s words bring life and light to us on the journey. I love how this is illustrated in C.S. Lewis’ The Silver Chair. The Christ figure, Aslan the lion, tells Jill four signs to lead her on her journey and emphasizes their importance,
“But, first, remember, remember, remember the signs. Say them to yourself when you wake in the morning and when you lie down at night, and when you wake in the middle of the night. And whatever strange things may happen to you, let nothing turn your mind from following the signs…”
“Here on the mountain, the air is clear and your mind is clear; as you drop down into Narnia, the air will thicken. Take great care that it does not confuse your mind. And the signs which you have learned here will not look at all as you expect them to look, when you meet them there. That is why it is so important to know them by heart and pay no attention to appearances. Remember the signs and believe the signs. Nothing else matters.”
Jill leaves on her quest to find a lost prince, but along the way the signs are forgotten or misunderstood. Dire consequences ensue – the group begins without official support, they end up almost eaten by giants, and then fail to recognize the prince when they finally come face to face with him. The problem is that even though Jill has learned the signs, she cannot remember them.
When we are alone with God and in His Word, scripture seems so clear, so life-giving. But then the atmosphere changes in our world and we get confused. Our distractions and fears cause us to forget even the most simple of commands such as “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10.27)
It’s far too easy to veer from our desired course. That’s why we need to learn to imprint the words on our hearts and minds. Let us remember every morning and every night and repeat them when we awaken in the middle of the night.
How do you best upload God’s Word into your heart and mind?
- Are you an auditory learner? Then say the verse aloud or listen to a version of the Bible while you walk, drive or clean house.
- Are you a visual learner? Use a highlighter when you read, write passages in your journal, or print up scripture memory cards to keep in prominent view for easy recall.
- Are you an experiential learner? Then think of a way to use the story of the text in your life and associate it with something you do.
I know I must stay in God’s Word, seeking to understand the meaning and the implications for my life today. Will you also begin the quest to “remember the signs”?
under the mercy, Lucinda
“Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity and Strength”
©2018 Lucinda Secrest McDowell http://www.EncouragingWords.net
*selections from “Live These Words” by Lucinda Secrest McDowell ©2014 Lucinda Secrest McDowell
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