The thing about meditation is it takes so much time. And the thing about leaders is they’re prone to feel short on time – and consequently a bit ragged. But creative meditation is an easy, fun way to let God’s truths slowly mend your frayed soul.
Last week I ventured into Ephesians and decided to do a verse-by-verse study. I was captivated by Ephesians 1:3 – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”
If you read last week’s blog, you know I was intrigued to learn that the first “blessed” in that verse is a special Greek word used only in relation to God. He’s in an eternal state of being praiseworthy, and there’s a distinct form of the word “blessed” to describe this. I dug around in the Greek, looking up the other words in that verse, and was struck not only by God’s unending worthiness to be praised but by His outpouring of commendation toward us!
What an incredible God our Father is!
We get to worship Him!
He is constantly speaking well of us!
The next morning, I was tempted to move on to Ephesians 1:4. That would be my Type A, fast-paced leadership style kicking in. But Ephesians 1:3 was still strong in my spirit, and I sensed God nudging me to linger. So I stayed put. I pulled out my pencil crayons and spent the next 15 minutes writing the words in different colors and sizes, adding a few designs for emphasis. All the while, reveling in what I’d studied the day before.
And God’s Spirit touched mine all over again.
And now I have another way to reflect on Ephesians 1:3 as I page through my journal. Seeing that image is a great reminder of the verse’s deep significance to me.
1. Be willing. Even if you’re a self-declared “non-creative,” you’ll be surprised what happens when you take a few minutes to ponder as you write and draw.
2. Tune into God’s Spirit. Is there a verse, or a word, or a phrase from a worship song that’s hit your spirit lately?
3. Find a writing instrument. Pencil crayons are great, but magic markers will work fine, or even just pens and pencils.
4. Begin writing. As you write, emphasize key words by making them larger or using a different color or shape.
5. Add flair. Decide how you want to illustrate the meaning of a certain word with an image or design. Or simply underline or circle certain words.
6. Look it over. Are you finished? Is there anything else you’d like to draw attention to?
7. Praise God. As you look at what you’ve created, smile, laugh out loud, praise God for His revelation to you.
Meditation is one of God’s gifts. The feeling of not having time to meditate is one of Satan’s schemes. They both know the benefits. Open God’s gift of meditation today, and let His rejuvenating truth and love saturate your soul.
“Open God’s gift of meditation today, and let His rejuvenating truth and love saturate your soul.”- Lisa Hosler
How do you like to meditate on God’s truth? Feel free to share your thoughts in the Comment Section below.