I’m very much a visual person. I believe that our imaginations if used for good, can be a great conduit for explaining biblical principles to our own souls, and in our sharing of His truths with others, and so I’d like to share with you three illustrations which I’ve been pondering on of late.
The first illustration comes from a real-life experience which I had within an “office skills” course which I am presently doing. We had done a typing assignment on our individual PC’s which I’d then forwarded to the tutor. Having some time left I then decided to clean up my files by – Yep, you can see where this is going!- Raising my hand in class I asked the tutor: “Did my assignment reach you okay?” “Let me check” came the reply, before he continued, “Yes your message came through but when I try to open it, it says file deleted!” OOPPS! There then followed a good five-minute “talk” at my expense, to the whole class about keeping our hands away from the delete button. I love that picture in knowing and being reassured that sometimes when we go to God concerned about the messes we have made, He turns round to us, assuring us that what we confess our messes, our sins, He not only forgives but pressings the delete button, He says “file deleted!”
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
The second illustration is this.
Recently we needed to bring our car to the garage for a diagnostic test. Why? Because when you were driving it and were still, say at traffic lights, it was ticking over too fast. I believe the technical explanation is that the “rev’s'” were too high! And like it or not, I too am often like our car. Even when I’m physically still, my mind is ticking over far too fast. And what is Gods answer to my, over analysing, often too busy brain? It’s to go to Him and ask Him to use His diagnostic tool on me. Some favourite verses of mine in this situation are found in Psalm 139 by which I can ask “Search me O God: In knowing my heart, find that what is anxious within me and finding it then lead me forward in your ways of being still so that I just know in all things you are God.”
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalm 139 23;24
And the last illustration is this.
A few weeks ago my hubby, while doing some DIY bashed the bottom of a fingernail. While a bit “ouchy” initially, it not particularly sore now. However, he came to me the other day asking for advice because he’s discovered that he now has a new nail growing over the old one and he wondered what should he do? To be honest, I wasn’t sure, so I looked it up to discover that what he needs to do is nothing! And I also love this illustration that there are times in our lives, when as we settle into new shapes, perhaps after loss, or even as someone close to me has done, moving to a new county, as we wait for a settling and new growth, we simply have to be patient in out waiting, allowing ourselves the kindness which we often afford others, yet sometimes struggle and fail to grant to ourselves.
(I’m not putting a picture up for this thought, as any I found were not pleasant, which of itself is a reminder of how growth may not always be a pleasant thing)
“Those who hope in, and wait on, the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. ” Isaiah 40;31