“…through knowledge its rooms are filled
with rare and beautiful treasures.”
Many years ago, we lived in the beautiful little town of Thomaston, Georgia when our children were young and my husband was a full time music evangelist. Somewhere in our travels I met an older gentleman that handed me a small sticker that read, “This home is protected by the blood of Jesus.” He assured me that this was the best security system money could buy! With confidence I placed this sticker, as my home security evidence, in the lower corner of the window on our front porch.
Our summers were filled with family travels as we tagged along on ministry trips since the children were out of school. The last thing we did before each trip, after the car was loaded with everything but the kitchen sink plus our four children, was pray. In addition to asking for a fruitful ministry, we also asked for traveling protection and that the Lord would protect our home while we were away.
We arrived home in the wee hours of the morning after one of our road trips, unloaded our precious sleeping children, and quietly guided or placed each of them into their own beds. When all were settled, I went into our bathroom to quickly brush my teeth, anxious to climb into the comfort of my own bed, (there is nothing quite like coming home to your own bed after a long road trip!) when I caught a strange sight out of the corner of my eye that startled me! There was a hole with wallpaper and sheetrock protruding outward like something from within the wall had escaped into our bathroom! As I looked closer, I saw a black line from the hole that lead around the corner and down the wall to the water faucet at my sink! My husband quickly recognized that lighting had struck our home while we were away! We didn’t notice anything else out of the ordinary, thanked the Lord that we were not at home brushing our teeth when it happened, and went to bed.
The next morning, we quickly discovered signs that lightning had indeed invaded our space while we were away! The television and microwave had both been fried at the other end of the house. Outside we found evidence that a powerful force of electrical energy had stripped the bark from a tree as it traveled up the tree, through the attic fan, down the wall into our bathroom, and through several other appliances as it traveled to the other end of the house! The thought of what could have happened made me shiver, but the thought that the Lord had indeed protected us and our house filled me with a heart of gratitude!
“God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true.
He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. 2 Samuel 22:31
Several days later, I was sitting on the front steps watching the children play when the little boy from across the street walked over and sat down beside me. I guess my son had shared with him what had happened while we were away, as he looked up at me with wide eyes and said, “That sign on your house must really be true!” I asked what sign he was talking about and he reminded me of the sticker on the window that read, “This home is protected by the blood of Jesus.” He went on to say, “Lightning struck our house one time and it burned to the ground!”
I was reminded of several things that day. While I had not forgotten that the Lord was my security; I honestly had forgotten about the sticker on my window! However, a little child had noticed, and it had made an impact on his young life! Until that day, I thought of that sticker as being a reminder for me that God is my security, my fortress, and my protection. That day I realized that this sticker was not only for me and my family, but it was a tool that God could use in the life of others as well!
“….encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” 1Thessalonians 5:11 (NASV)
Years later, when we lived in Florida, my sister from Virginia and her two young sons came to spend a week with us. We spent the week mostly at home. The children enjoyed playing with cousins, while my sister and I worked on a scrapbook for our parents. After being in our home for several days, my youngest nephew, who was probably just learning to read at the time, came and looked up to me to sincerely ask, “Aunt Larkie, why do you have so much God stuff in your house?” I did! He had noticed! I had scripture painted on the the wall in the family room, scripture on pillows, scripture on wall art, scripture on a stained glass in the kitchen window, scripture on my calendar….why I guess I had “God stuff” everywhere his little eyes looked!
I was reminded of the scripture passage that had inspired me to fill my home with God’s word. In Deuteronomy 6, God is speaking to the Israelites who had seen the mighty power of God in deliverance and provision in amazing ways but were so prone to forgetfulness! How easily they turned to their own ways. This is what He says to them:
The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deut. 6:4-9 (NASV)
I looked down into his wondering eyes to answer his question with a bright smile. “Because I love God!” I said. He smiled, answered with a simple “OK”, and ran back into the family room to play!
Isaiah 55 is beautiful invitation to the Lord’s Salvation, a plea to come to Him. This plea proclaims the power of the Lord God in various ways, and then in verse 11 it says this:
It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
Isaiah 55:11 (NLT)
One of the most beautiful treasures we can have in our homes today, are walls that speak of who we are, whose we are, and the hope that we have because of Jesus Christ! Not only will these words produce fruit in our own lives, but in the lives of those we offer hospitality to!
The market has lots of wonderful sources of inspiration for scripture plaques, art work, and walls that speak. The picture above comes from one such market on the internet. Check them out at http://www.thesimplestencil.com/ Please share your own creative ideas for walls that speak and other sources in comments below!
Love and Blessings,