My head is so full of my daily responsibilities that I am having trouble remembering the simplest things. Just the other day, I had to ask my daughter what our zip code is. I’ve lived in this house for 17 years.
In the midst of all the data in my head, there is a space for God. However, I am prone to following my own desires. God knew that we would struggle, that we would trip up. To help the Israelites remember to obey him, he instructed them to wear tassels.
“When you see the tassels, you will remember and obey all the commands of the Lord instead of following your own desires and defiling yourselves, as you are prone to do. The tassels will help you remember that you must obey all my commands and be holy to your God. I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt that I might be your God. I am the Lord your God.” Numbers 15:39-41 (NLT)
God instructed the Israelites to wear a visual reminder of him. God gave me a way to remember him, a way to know that he is the Lord my God. He gave me Jesus. My reminder is Jesus.
“…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of God.” Hebrews 12:1(b)-2 (NIV)
I am to fix my eyes on Jesus. Just as the Israelites eyes saw tassels, my eyes need to be focused on Jesus.
Even though as a follower of Jesus I am not under the Old Testament law, the idea of a “help” appeals to me. Something small to wear, that is just between me and Jesus, to remind me to refocus on him throughout my day. So that when I am thinking about making dinner, shopping lists, reading lists, and tomorrow’s schedule … I can remember to pause to pray, or read a Bible verse, or simply ponder Jesus.
Dear Jesus, Thank you for blessing me with a full life. Help me to fix my eyes on you and keep them on you. Amen