One of the great things about post-it notes (or sticky notes) is that they create the possibility of doing a spiritual discipline in a new way. That is, they can help you to remember what it is that the Lord wants you to remember.
In September the Lord reminded me that he is always at his work (John 5:17, 19) and that he is frequently speaking to us, though not always in words (John 10:27). Because of this he wanted me to anticipate seeing/hearing him in my day. To be looking for him in the little things, the ordinary things and the “stuff of life” things. To help me remember I put a post-it note on the bathroom mirror that asks
Where will I see Jesus today?In the first week Jesus was showing up frequently (or maybe it would be more accurate to say that I was paying better attention). Times in the scriptures were vibrant, I saw “little” things take place that let me know he was present and had prayer answered. It was sweet.
The challenge came later, when I was tired and routine kicked in once again. Would I trust that he was still showing up even though his appearance might be masked? Would I trust even though my faith seemed as dull as a six year old’s pumpkin carving knife? There were days when his presence was not so evident to me. But I discovered that if I took time in the evening to reflect, he often gave me a glimpse of himself in something that I originally thought of as mundane. Yes, he was still showing up.
The post-it note is still on the mirror and I think it will stay there for the time being. While following Jesus doesn’t boil down to bumper-sticker (or post-it note) slogans, it is a simple reminder to “be self-controlled and alert,” anticipating and paying attention for the one I follow.