Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse (Romans 1:20 TNIV).
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I believe one of the greatest inventions of the twentieth century was the Post-It Note. First there was yellow. Then came fuchsia, turquoise, buttercup, and magenta. From full-page mega notes to tiny little strips, sticky notes have kept me organized, tasks prioritized, and Scripture memorized. Mostly, they have served as visual reminders of information, events, and appointments not to forget.
But a visual reminder of things not to forget didn’t begin with Post-It Notes. They began with God, Himself. All through life God places holy Post-It Notes on our days to remind us of Him.
In the Bible, Paul wrote to the Romans, “Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (Romans 1:20 TNIV).
I call these moments when we see these holy Post-It Notes of His “eternal power and divine nature,” glory moments. The concept of glory can be a difficult concept to wrap our human minds around. It seems so otherworldly. We can catch glimpses of its meaning throughout Scripture, but then like a shooting star that appears for just a moment, it quickly slips away into the vast expanse of God’s infinite wisdom. But let’s see what we can know about this bigger-than-life word.
In the Old Testament, the most common Hebrew word for glory is kabod meaning “weight, honor, esteem.” The Bible associates God’s glory with how He manifests Himself or makes His presence known. Some theologians refer to these as theophanies. He made His presence known in a devouring fire (Exodus 24:16-17), a moving cloud (Exodus 13:21) and a still small voice (1 Kings 19:11-13). His glory is reflected in creation (Psalm 19:1) and in His sovereign control of history (Acts 17:26). His glory is made known through the life of simple human beings like you and me.
The same concept of God’s glory is in the New Testament in the Greek word, doxa, which means glory, honor and splendor. John wrote, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
The verb form of glory, to glorify, is doxazo, and primarily denotes “to magnify, extol, praise, to ascribe honor to God, acknowledging Him as to His being, attributes and acts, i.e., His glory. It is the revelation and manifestation of all that He has and is. When we glorify God, we are giving a display or manifestation—or a reflection—of His character. To glorify God is to make Him easy to see. We become God’s Post-It Notes to the world.
One day I jotted down a few glory moments God placed throughout my day like holy Post-It Notes reminding me of His presence.
- The sunrise with swirls of mist rising from the lake behind my home
- A vibrant red male cardinal and his demure wife sharing the bird feeder
- Boisterous Canadian geese flying in V-formation across the sky
- Tulip bulbs peeping through the ground
- Dogwood blossoms heralding Easter’s approach
- The weeping willow praising God in the breeze
- A monarch butterfly perched on the windowsill
- Midday sunlight dancing on the water
- A baby’s cry
- A little girl’s giggle
- Orange, magenta and red streaks across the sky as the sun bid goodnight
- A sliver of white in the inky sky with a smattering of twinkles all around
- My husband’s hand reaching for me in the night
Each of these sightings were God’s reminders to me that He has infused my life with His presence. Through creation, God longs for us to see, discover, and remember His creative beauty, His enduring grace, and His fathomless mercy.
As you go through your day, look for holy Post-It Notes of God reminding you of His presence AND His love for you. Then click on comment and share one!
Dear Lord our Creator, I am in awe of Your creation today. Help me to never take You or Your handiwork for granted. I pray that I will always be amazed at the sunrise and the sunset and all that falls in-between. I love You.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Now It’s Your Turn
Consider getting a pad of Post-It Notes and jot down visual reminders of God that grab your attention. Write your observations on the notes and post them around your home.
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A glory moment…learning what a gemsbok is. Look it up! It’s an impala-looking animal in Africa. It amazes me when I learn of ANOTHER animal that exists that God created.
A glory moment… knowing that my boyfriend loves me very much.
I tested positive for Covid, my neighbor brought over a oximeter to check my pulse and oxygen levels daily and told me the levels to go to the ER.”Praise God,” I’m vaccinated so my symptoms are mild.
The sun shining through the moss hanging from the live oak trees in my morning walk
The beautiful tulips my older daughter sent me for Mothers’ Day
The delicate carved dragonfly that moves in the breeze that my younger daughter sent me for Mothers’ Day
Beautiful morning that I have legs that can get up and run. Thank you God for allowing me to rise up dark and early to enjoy a nice run with friends!
Each morning when I hear a certain bird say…Savior Savior Pretty Pretty Pretty. Even the birds worship Him!
Gods Post it note for me this morning.
My lovely lavender roses starting to bloom.
My husband always kissing me goodbye as he leaves !
We are a retired couple and God has blessed us with a love for the outdoors. As we sit here by our camper this morning, I am surrounded by the beauty of what’s around me. Thank You Lord for eyes to see, ears to hear and my love for nature.
This week has been particularly tough at home and at work. This morning after reading this devotion, God sent me 3 post it notes to remind me he is still here, loving me, in the midst of it all. I got two texts with biblical encouragement from friends and just spoke with two colleague who told me I have been their source of support. Just what I needed. I am in tearful awe of our amazing God!
The wind softly blowing as I walk to work and I feel so refresh!
Waking up this morning to a new day with my husband by my side. The new sunrise. The birds coming to feed .
The daily view of the vast Pacific blue…the awe of all His living and nonliving creations above and below it’s glistening surface.
I discovered this beautiful and life transforming platform yesterday.
I am so grateful! So, my Mom had an accident this morning on her way to work. She was in the middle of the road and had made up her mind that a vehicle would crush her to death. I am convinced God’s presence was with my Mom that’s why she didn’t lose her life. We can always rely on God’s Faithfulness!
Storm clouds reminding me He is in control.
Prior to reading this devotional, my son (4 years old) and I were sitting outside. We decided to play a game called “I hear…” and took turns sharing the sounds we heard. Together, we sat quietly and listened carefully to all the sounds around us. “I hear a bird singing.” “I hear a bee buzzing.” “I hear the leaves rustling in the breeze.” It was refreshing to sit still and just listen to all the beauty around us.
Gods post-it note came in the form of a Cardinal recently. My mom past three Tuesdays ago this week and last Tuesday when I was really struggling, God sent a beautiful cardinal. Not only did He send it, He allowed me to hold the beautiful cardinal for awhile. I wish this allowed video because I’d share the video of me holding the cardinal. It was a moment I will never forget and reminded me of His power and his deep love for us! He knew I needed to be reminded of His love in my pain and though my mom is in Heaven, He showed me that she is still present in my everyday walk. I’m the mother I am because of her, and this beautiful cardinal reminded me of the beautiful life I was able to share with her for 39.5 years.
After reading the lovely devotion, God’s Post-It Notes, I immediately began to have an awareness of the never-ending Post-It notes God is sending me. Just taking the time and intention to be aware of them was the important thing. It made me realize how much beauty, goodness and blessing I take for granted. I will continue to use the Post-It notes idea to cultivate gratitude and praise. Thank you!
The glory of God is all around me each and every day! We recently moved to southern Texas from the Arizona desert. I don’t think I have ever seen so many wild flowers as I have seen this spring. They all remind me of our Lord and his beauty!! They are all indeed God’s post-it notes just for me but also for all to see and appreciate! Our God is an awesome God! If I may also ask, my husband had to take a trip back to Arizona to retrieve our belongings that to be left behind in the move. Please pray for his safety on this trip. His name is Ron. It’s much appreciated!!
My glory moment sitting on my front porch this morning while the morning sun is shining and the sweet birds are singing in the trees 🙌
The birds singing this morning as I read this devotional