Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Scrapbooks in Heaven?

Even in this modern age of magical inventions when memories are conveniently stored on CD’s and DVD’s, scrapbooking is still alive ... and has even had a resurgence.
There is something warm and personal about a scrapbook that cold disks cannot copy.
Scrapbooks are filled with bits of valuable information, drawings, recipes, pictures, articles, newspaper clippings, photos – anything that we wish to preserve for ourselves or posterity.
We scrapbook to record memories of the things and people we love…. important family events, vacations, weddings, birthdays, or anniversaries.
Look at someone’s scrapbook and you know where their heart is !

The desire to preserve the memory of something we value or love is not new to our generation.
From as far back as in the time of Aristotle and Cicero we have historical records of people saving scraps of information in notebooks.
Going back even further, before books were common and paper plentiful, people found other ways to preserve a memory. We can go all the way back to the Israelites and find that God commanded them to ‘scrapbook’ memories. Lacking paper they used what was available … stones .
In Joshua 4:5-9, God commands the Israelites to pile up stones so that there would be a visual memory trigger of what had just happened -- the miraculous crossing of the Jordan. Whenever their children and children's children would pass by and stop to look at the stones asking what they meant, they could describe to them the important event that had taken place . Thereby the stories telling of God's greatness would not be lost but would be passed on to future generations !

So we know that scrapbooking is a very old passtime or hobby with a purpose.
But did you know that God Himself has a ‘scrapbook’?
Amazing as that is, it is even more amazing to consider what He values enough to preserve in it. Do you have an idea what it would be? I am sure you would not guess what it is.
An entry is made in the heavenly scrapbook --- whenever those who fear the Lord speak about Him !! God loves to hear His children talk about Him to one another.
What does that say about the 'Father' heart of God ?! - or are you unconvinced ??
Let God’s Word assure you that it is indeed true !!

Malachi 3:16 “Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another; and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.”

On how many pages does your name appear in God’s scrapbook??
Will He make an entry about you today??


Lovella said...

I never knew that. What a great challenge. Have a great day.

Demara said...

Reading all that you wrote here in this post was like listening to an orchestra play just to hear a loud joyous triumphant BANG at the end when those 2 tiny questions hit me. Wow you write with such conviction I love it!

I read your transformed post too and thought that is so true...that is that God sees people differently than we see them and we to remember that so that we can look at others through God's eyes. I loved that tape of Amy's too. My fav. song was: Fat Baby.