Friday, February 6, 2009

Show and Tell

As a little girl I so enjoyed "Show and Tell" days at school. It was an opportunity to bring in a treasure and share it with the rest of the class. A story always surrounded the object on display and I would captivate my audience with an impromptu tale accompanying my coveted possession.

Today as I read Exodus 16:32, I think God was initiating "Show and Tell". No wonder I like it so much. "Show and Tell" is part of God's plan. Listen to what Moses said to the Israelites: "'This is what the LORD has commanded: Fill a two-quart container with manna to preserve it for your descendants. Then later generations will be able to see the food I gave you in the wilderness when I set you free from Egypt.'"

Does that not sound like glorified "Show and Tell" to you? The Lord was commanding them to preserve some manna so that all those who came after them would see God's provision and faithfulness. It's one thing to hear the stories passed down through previous generations, but quite another to see God's goodness.

I'm a visual learner. Because of this, I usually always include some "props" when I speak at Ladies events. I want women to "taste and see that the Lord is good" (Psalm 34:8). I find I need the visuals to remind me of past truths that the Lord has impressed upon my heart. They represent lessons learned on my journey with the Lord, and markers on the path to see 'thus far the Lord has led me'.

Not only are they powerful reminders for me, but they also invite questions from family and friends giving opportunity to share what the Lord has done in my life. I think we need to ask ourselves, is there anything about our lives or in our homes that would give others something to ask about? 1 Peter 2:4-5 tells us that we are "living stones". We are walking, talking, breathing reminders to the world that Jesus was here. We are that "preserved manna" for this generation.

Just to give you an idea of some of my "show and tell", I thought I'd include a few pictures along with this post. Each item has an accompanying "God story". I wish I could share them all here now, but maybe these items will just prompt you to strategically place some visuals around your home that will prompt questions from others and give opportunity for you to share your faith in Him. We all need our containers of preserved manna.

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Marilyn in Mississippi said...

I am a "Show and Tell" kind of person myself! I am trying to round up the visuals I need this afternoon to take with me next week when I speak to a group of ladies at a local church. It does seem to "stick" with us longer if we have an "object lesson" rather than just words.

I so much enjoyed your Show and Tell picture show! Beautiful things and I'm sure beautiful stories behind each one. I can only imagine! :)


Laura said...

I am a very visual person too, and so I loved this post! I love the image of the jar of manna as "show and tell". You have such a lovely way of teaching the Bible, friend.