We are also going to write answers to prayer or things that God has done and hang them on the tree so that it becomes a reminder of ways that Jesus is bringing light into the world. Some of these will relate to our own experiences, but guests and friends who visit us are also welcome to write things as well.
We have got hold of some wooden tree decorations to write on and so far there are only 3 messages hanging on the tree (if you click to enlarge the picture you might spot them). One is on a flower, one on a heart and the third is on a piece of card (that predates the pretty wooden decorations). I’ll post a picture later in the year so that you can see how much that God has done.
The Bible, and the Old Testament in particular, contains many examples of physical reminders to help remember what God had done. The Israelite’s built altars or left piles of stones (artistically arranged I am sure) in places where God performed miracles. Jesus gave his followers bread and wine as everyday reminders of his sacrifice which brings us freedom and the opportunity to know God now and forever.
Physical reminders are helpful and simple things like writing Bible verses and sticking them on or next to a mirror or by the kettle reminds us of who God is and what he has and is doing. We can also have Bible verses or images on computers, tablets or phones that remind us of the truth. There is also the option to do things that are more artistic such as painting on stones or even leaving up a Christmas tree.
God is amazing and he is at work but sadly it is very easy to forget in the busyness of life.
One of the things that we have written on our tree was a miracle that God performed last week. I can’t go into details as it involves other people who have not given me permission to share what happened, but it really shocked and surprised me because it was so unlikely. It only happened last week, but I had forgotten about it until I read about it on the tree just now. Thank God for reminders of how good he is and the many ways that he is at work bringing light into this dark world.
What physical reminders could you use to help you to remember who God is and of the ways that he is at work?