Saturday, May 25, 2013

Overflowing Images

Our minds see a thousand images a day.

On the way to work, to school, on the way home, billboards, pictures, advertisements.

Everywhere we look our minds are being saturated with images.

Processing a thousand images a second, and we still can't get enough.

 

But how exactly is this affecting our brain? How hard is our brain truly working? Are we able to process the world around us successfully if we are constantly looking at and processing these images?

As we fill our brains with images after images after images, there is a great loving God who just wants us to be still.

He wants us to completely clear our minds and just sit in His presence.

Often when I find myself desiring to solely meet with the Lord, when I am longing to dwell in His presence alone, I cannot get these images out of my mind. My brain is turned On 100 mph when the Lord simply wants it to slow down to 20 mph.

And these images rushing through my head are not inherently evil images, until they take me away from the presence of the Lord. Until they affect the Sporit's ability to bring me to complete silence.

Yesterday evening I went downtown with my sister to do yoga [yes I went to try my hand at flexibility [ask me how that turned out later]]. Anyway, toward the end of our time doing yoga the yoga instructor beckoned us to lay down and relax. She said those 3 words that we all need to remember sometimes [often] BREATHE, BREATHE, BREATHEEEE. Then hastily we sat up with our hands in a prayer position on our chest, as she recited her best line, "let the sun redeem you, let it fill you up again."

Sometimes I wonder how secular people come up with the better 'Christian lines.' because that is what our walk with Christ is all about. It is about ridding ourselves of the images, slowing our brains down, taking the time to BREATHEEEE, and letting the Son redeem you, and fill you up again.

Replace the images on Facebook, instagram, pinterest, TV, your cell phone, and magazines with the Living and abiding Word of God. And as you replace those images with the Word of God, let new, restoring images of His grace pour into you and out of you into the lives of those around you.

 

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy habitation of the Most High.

 

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;

God will help her when morning dawns.

 

The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;

he utters his voice, the earth melts.

 

The Lord of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord,

how he has brought desolations on the earth.

 

He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;

he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

he burns the chariots with fire.

 

"Be still, and know that I am God.

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth!"

 

The Lord of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah (Psalm 46:4-11 ESV)