God’s Sticky Notesby Cynthia Jennings on May 11, 2022
What's your go-to for reminders? With all the technology we have today, I still love to use sticky notes to write down things I need to remember to do.
Sticky notes are one of my favorite inventions. First there was yellow (sticky notes are usually yellow because that's the type of paper that was lying around at the 3M factory when they were first created in 1974(https://www.qualitylogoproducts.com/promo-university/history-of-sticky-notes.htm). Then came fuchsia, turquoise, and so many other colors. Sticky notes are so universal, they can be used for the full-page mega note to tiny little strips. Sticky notes can help keep you organized, prioritized task, visual reminders of information, events and appointments. Not to mention they are great for scripture memorization.
Visual reminders of things not to forget didn’t begin with sticky notes. They began with God, Himself. All through life God places “holy” sticky notes daily to remind us of Him.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (Romans 1:20 NIV).
I call moments when I see these “holy” sticky notes of God’s eternal power and divine nature, “glory moments.”
In the Old Testament, the most common Hebrew word for glory is kabod meaning “weight, honor, esteem.” The Bible associates God’s glory with how He makes His presence known. He made His presence known in a devouring fire (Exodus 24:16-17 NIV), a moving cloud (Exodus 13:21 NIV) and a still small voice (1 Kings 19:11-13 NIV). His glory is reflected in creation (Psalm 19:1 NIV ) and in His sovereign control of history (Acts 17:26 NIV). His glory is made known through the life of simple human beings like you and me.
The same concept of God’s glory is in the New Testament in the Greek word, doxa, which means glory, honor and splendor. John wrote, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14 NIV).
The verb form of glory, to glorify, is doxazo, and primarily denotes “to magnify, extol, praise, to ascribe honor to God, acknowledging Him as to His being, attributes and acts, i.e., His glory. It’s the revelation and manifestation of all that He has and is. When we glorify God, we are giving a reflection—of His character. To glorify God is to make Him easy to see.
In the midst of writing this blog I stopped and pondered on a few “glory moments”…… “holy” sticky notes reminding me of His prescence:
- The sunrise peeping through my blinds
- The early morning chirping of birds outside my window
- A squirrel methodically locating food
- The multitude of cloud formations I’ve see out my window
- Tulip bulbs peeping through the ground
- The cleansing smell of rain
- The pitter patter of my grandson’s feet
- My husband’s hand reaching for me in the night
- The words, “hey ma” from my children
Each of these are reminders that God has infused my life with His presence. Through creation, God longs for us to see, discover, and remember His creative beauty, His enduring grace, and His fathomless mercy.
As you go through your day, look for “holy” sticky notes of God reminding you of His presence AND His love for you. Then click on comment and share one!
Prayer: Father God our Creator in the Name of Jesus, I am in awe of Your creation. Help me to never take You or Your handiwork for granted. I pray that I will always be amazed at the sunrise and the sunset and all that falls in-between. I thank you for your daily “holy”sticky note reminders.
PEARLStoPONDER: No matter how your day is going take time to glance at God’s “holy” sticky notes.
Colossians 1:16-- For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
John 1:3— Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.