Previously I wrote about ‘Spiritual Markers’ and one of the first questions asked was “How do I identify Spiritual Markers in my life?” They are things, events, scents, pictures and symbols that remind us of significant events, truths, seasons or decisions in our lives.
For example, butterflies remind me of a season in my life when I received the True Color Promise and a rooster reminds me to look for God’s new mercies every morning. Apple and cinnamon remind me of holidays with my grandmother. I celebrate events like Easter and Christmas to remind me of significant events in my beliefs. Communion reminds me of the significance of my salvation as it pertains to my daily life.
So here are some guidelines to identify spiritual markers in your life:
- Spiritual markers are reminders. Reminders of life altering events, or major decision taken at various points in our lives. They are markers of God’s activity. Like Noah building an altar after the flood (Gen 6-8). Or feasts that remind us of specific events that have spiritual significance, like Passover for the Israelites. They may be annual activities that take us to remembrance of significant events e.g. Ascension Day or Freedom Day in South Africa. They may be memorials to loved ones that had great influence over us.
- They are by nature infrequent. Although God can do anything, it’s not every day that God parts the Jordon River (Joshua 4:4-7). Although infrequent, they do however mark His ongoing activity in our lives in different ways, so that we can track His hand. It can be something that happened in a minute, or something that happened in a significant season in our lives. Not always predictable, but identifiable as we look back and remember.
- They recall important promises in our lives. Truths that are so significant that our lives are forever changed by their impact on our lives. One example is the altar built to mark promises given to Abraham in Gen 12:1-8 and 13:1-18 where he was promised to be a father of many nations of believers. Isaac was promised that God would be with him and he built an altar in Gen 26:17-25. In his turn Jacob received his promises of God presence in His life in Gen 28:10-22 and Gen 35:1-7 and marked those days. Each of them had their lives significantly shaped by these promises.
- We leave the experience a stronger or different person for the better. We may not always feel stronger immediately after the event, but with the passing of time we look back and say: “Hey, look how God used that in my life.” Even if it is the worst experience of our life, with time we look back and see that God made it something beautiful in or lives. (Ecc 3:11)
- They are meant to be remembered and shared. In the process of telling others about spiritual markers, we give testimony to the goodness