Good Morning, God!
On Friday, my daughter, Sandy, sent me Before and After photos of the inside of some rooms in her house. Before she put stuff away and AFTER! Those photos had a profound effect on me. I really WANTED to do before and AFTER photos of my home, God. (I used to call that cleaning up.)
So, on Saturday I went around and took Before photos. That was EASY as I had arrived home on Thursday from a 10 day trip and while I was mostly unpacked — stuff was strewn everywhere. I’m good at strewing.
I have to laugh at myself. I was a woman possessed. I HAD to get my house ready for those AFTER PHOTOS. It has been a while since I worked up such a sweat just putting stuff away! I will admit that the After Photos were focused careful. This is the GOOD portion of my office. Still, I am amazed at how MOTIVATED I was to get it done — how really GOOD it felt when I was done — and how MUCH I wanted to share it.
Images truly ARE PRIMARY. Words ARE Tertiary. I suspect that is why Jesus came telling stories. Stories are the movies of the mind. We see them play out. They are concrete – visible – real. And they lodge in our minds and hearts.
Hmmm. It comes to me that this works both ways. Violent stories — stories that send our adrenaline up and over the top — stay with us, too. I understand how important food is for my body. I need to remember that I am feeding my mind and heart with what I see and read and hear. Thank You, God, for the reminder! And now, ON TO A GOOD DAY!