The Connection Keystone [Part 2]
By Alan Wright — March 26, 2018
Are you ready for some Good News?
Growing up in Christ isn’t so much a matter of you getting closer to God as it is discovering and enjoying how close He is to you!
Today’s Text: “The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 12:13, ESV)
Take note of the phrase. It’d be easy to gloss over, but don’t. It’s an important part of the Passover story: “The blood shall be a sign for you….”
The blood wasn’t a sign for God; it was a sign for the Hebrews. God didn’t need a sign – He sees everything already. An omniscient deity doesn’t need street addresses! The blood wasn’t information for God; it was inspiration for the Hebrews. So God wanted them to forever make the connection between the blood of the lamb and their glorious freedom.
Research has proven that we tend to filter our memories (so hindsight isn’t always 20/20). If you have positive emotions during an experience, it affects your memory. For example, one of my best childhood memories is our family’s summer vacation at Myrtle Beach, SC. That delicious week we spent at the Driftwood Motel was so precious to me that I can close my eyes and smell the unique aroma of salt air wafting up from the beach dunes. I can easily hear, in my mind’s ear, the clack of scuffling palm branches near the pool.
I remember the sights, smells and sounds of the Driftwood Motel in vivid detail because it was the greatest playground of my childhood. But, to someone else, who might have spent one rainy, long weekend at the Driftwood years ago, that person wouldn’t remember all the beautiful sights and sounds and smells that I do. Why?
It’s because the key to making nourishing memories is making deep connections to positive places in your soul. I call this the Keystone Connection. Like the Hebrews making a connection between the blood of the lamb and their salvation, all God Moment memories require us to make a connection between God’s goodness and the events of our daily lives. You can look backward over your life and make connections to God where you previously saw none. Your life has always been connected to God. And that’s the Gospel!