I remember, as a twenty-something, thinking that the command of God (made to Joshua) to meditate in the Bible day and night sounded a little extreme (at best) and impossible (in reality)!
Even reading about the ‘blessed man’ in the Psalms was confusing to me:
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
~ Psalm i 2
I asked the Lord … “When do I sleep if I meditate all night, and when do I work if I meditate all day?”
The answer to that question led me on a quest that has astounded me multiple times ever since.
It was like I was led to think about when I was working in an office, and how, on Monday mornings, nobody talked until tea break and then everyone seemed to start talking about the latest twist in the soap opera from the night before! The soap was the last thing most of my colleagues saw at night before going to bed.
So, what were they thinking about when they drifted off to sleep? The TV programme!
I began to understand that was meditating at night!
Whatever you think about last thing at night is the meditation for your sleep time! And, if it’s something that worries you, then it will probably worsen in the night, because your subconscious was not designed to handle that sort of meditation. Therefore rest is fleeting!
As I explored this line of thinking and began to turn over in my mind (meditate) about various Scriptures I came across something that has helped me sleep like a baby ever since (even in war zones and traumatic times).
I have shared this with friends, family and many people, and have heard how nightmares stopped and ‘worrywarts’ have had their lives turned around.
There are a lot of people talking about meditation out there today that has nothing to do with the Bible, but meditating on the Book of Life is the Maker’s prescribed and best way to bring peace of heart, mind and body to His children! Grasping this will change your life!
If anyone is interested I will write a post sometime about the very steps I have taken for years to meditate and how I prepare for that daily each evening before bed, as well as how I do it (practically speaking).
Meantime, anyone got any cool stories about meditating on God’s Word and what has happened for you as a result?
It’s been around since May 2006, producing weekly shows that are all archived here.
As of the very end of 2013, story4all is now also a magazine! A digital magazine. Like any other magazine, it has lots of articles to read, but also, being digital it allows for viewing video and listening to audio content as well.
The vision for the magazine is to pull together in one place all sorts of interesting articles and helpful content that will serve to inform, mobilise, provide resources for and generally inspire the Body of Christ about the use of storytelling (in particular), with discussion, to reach the lost and make disciples.
Expect a monthly edition (hopefully!), and in the meantime you can download the app (free of charge) from iTunes. From inside the app you can make a choice about the different subscriptions on offer. (A hint: The annual subscription is by far the cheapest and best deal!). The first edition of the magazine (January’s issue) is already posted there now.
(Much to the embarrassment of my teenage daughter!).
I have always loved it. Back in the 70s, while living in Vienna, I had the privilege of attending opera and ballet in the Staatsoper in that gorgeous city.
Now if there is anywhere to people watch, that is a great place to do it! Nothing quite like it. Gents in formal evening dress, ladies in fabulous, flowing velvet opera capes, and, among other sights to be seen at that time … American tourists bustling around in brightly-coloured windbreaker jackets!
Somehow I think people watching can be a spiritual exercise, even a listening opportunity.
It is a deep belief of mine that we actually have this as a calling! It has struck me that we need to “listen with our eyes” to those around us.
Also, we are “sent” just like Jesus before us, who said
“I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.” (John 5:19 NLT)
As we move among, and sit with people, and interact in the public square, there needs to be a watching going on in our hearts, with that inner ear listening to what the Father might be saying.
When we listen with our eyes to those around us and hear with our inner (spiritual) ears to the Father’s heartbeat and plan, we get to be partners with the most exciting Being in the universe!
I don’t think there is any greater privilege than that! Use me, Lord, today, to be an instrument of Your Kingdom in the lives of others walking and living around me and crying out in their hearts to be loved.
How about you? Have you any stories of God using you as you have taken time to do this kind of “people watching”?