An image can be worth a 1000 words… God often uses our eyes to open our ears to hear His voice, to touch our hearts with His love, to stir a new desire within us to know Him more, or to simply remind us of a truth of His Word.
Each image on this page will be presented with some questions to help your reflection, or contemplation. Please use the comment box to share a word of praise, a prayer, a life lesson or a memory that the Lord brings to your mind.
The archway through which we see the sunset over the mountains helps to focus our eyes on the beauty of the captured moment. Sometimes as we seek God we need to focus our gaze to find Him in the activity of our lives. That focus often requires a moment (at least) of stillness, a time when we can open our heart to receive and meet the Lord.
Spend a few minutes looking closely at this image of sheep grazing among trees and a stream. The shepherd is not pictured; perhaps we are viewing the scene from the perspective as the shepherd watching over his (or her) flock. As you look at the sheep, understand that we are the sheep and the Lord is our shepherd.
The verse is presented with a brick wall backdrop. This image reminds me of the idea of something being “set in stone” — it’s unchanging and decided. It affects how I read this verse, and stirs up these questions in me:
- How do you understand the connection between our hope and God’s faithfulness?
- What might it look like to “hold unswervingly to hope”?
- In what ways do we profess our hope with our lives?
The Lord is my refuge. As you engage with the image, imagine you are standing in the stone fortress looking out on the land in front of you.
Consider these questions:
- What do you notice about the structure surrounding you? What is over your head, what is under your feet? What is the purpose of the structure?
- What words or images come to mind when you think about a “refuge”?
- How is it for you to engage with the land that is in front of you while you stand in the safety of the structure?
- How does the idea of refuge connect with the idea of rest?
Luke 24: 5-6
RESURRECTION. The good news to the mourning disciples on the second morning after they had watched Jesus die on the cross was, “Jesus is not dead, He LIVES!”. The image of an active sea at sunrise brings to mind life and exhilaration. Some things to consider:
- Remember a time that you have engaged with the sea, what was that experience like for you?
- What does it mean to be “alive” in our daily life?
- Think about the words “dynamic vs. static” — Where is your faith dynamic and where is it static? What’s the Lord’s invitation to you as you become more alive in your walk with God?
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
COMFORT is the key word in this verse. God’s compassion and care extends to each of us and to others through us. The image of the hands offering comfort to another gives us a very practical example of how we can offer comfort to others.
- When have you felt comforted in a time of trouble?
- What did you learn from being comforted?
- How have you offered comfort to others experiencing a time of trouble?
Grief is part of the human experience. A beauty of grief is that it is often the space in which we meet with the Lord. Joy is often the result of time spent in the presence of God. God does this miracle of turning grief into joy by the power of His presence.
Both are invitations to know the Lord in a more intimate way.
- What is the correlation between grief and joy?
- When have you experienced grief?
- What barriers might keep us in grief, thus keeping us from experiencing joy?
The image is of hands folded in prayer resting on an open Bible. The words that stand out to me in the verse are DEVOTE, WATCHFUL, and THANKFUL.
- What is your response to each of these words in regard to how we should present ourselves to the Lord in prayer?
- What is the invitation to you in this verse?
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