When something happens that makes me angry, I remember, “In your anger do not sin,” and so I hold in what I want to act out. This is the kneading. The kneading also happens when I want to read the book that I know I shouldn’t be reading. I think, “I will set before my eyes no vile thing,”and I throw the book in the trash instead. Experiences like these work the truth into our hearts as we work them out through our circumstances.
The cool thing is that once those truths are worked in, they find their own place to nestle into our hearts. They’re there to stay. It’s like the survival pack I used to stock in my car. Inside a simple tote bag in my trunk, I kept snacks, juice boxes, kids’ stories on tape, books to read, and extra clothes (for those potty accidents that always happen in the middle of the grocery store). And after a while, I came to depend on these supplies. Kids hungry? No problem; have a granola bar. Boring ride to town? Pop in a book-on-tape. Got muddy on the playground? Lookie, extra sets of clothes.
As we work truths in and live them out, they become our survival packs for the next moment we may need them. I wanted to tuck God’s Word into my children’s hearts so that they could access it when they needed it, but it was much harder than I thought. Just feeding my kids, dressing them, and making sure they put only edible things in their mouths was work enough. Yet providing them with truth they can turn to during different times in their lives is far more important than dumping some goldfish crackers into a plastic bag. One lasts for a moment. The other for a lifetime.
How about you? How do you work God’s Word into your life?
Excerpt © Tricia Goyer, Blue Like Play Dough