The Television in My Mind
by Dina Sleiman
Boy do I wish it was that easy to turn off my brain. Sometimes I get stuck on shows and stories that simply don’t belong in the head of a Christian believer. My mind gets to spinning, and I have difficulty bringing it under control. I don’t know where to find the “off” button.
But there is a way to change the channel in your mind.
A very simple way, although for some reason I didn’t figure it out until I was almost thirty years old. While it may be difficult to turn off your mind, you can flip the switch and imagine God instead. Picture talking through your problems with him. Envision relaxing with him on a mountain or at the beach. Fill your thoughts with songs of praise and thanksgiving. Fill your mind with stories and portraits of hope. Let the eyes of your heart be continually fixed on him.
I watched a beautiful movie in my mind a few weeks ago in church. During the worship service I decided to tune my imagination to meeting with God. And so without further ado, I bring to you an episode of “Time Spent With God” from the creative, if somewhat and wacky, mind of Dina Sleiman:
As my mouth moved in time with the words of the song*, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God almighty, who was and is and is to come, I pictured myself surrounded by a multitude of witnesses. Millions of believers like tiny dots shouting their praise to the king. At a distance, I could barely make out the majestic throne of God. I needed to get closer. He was too far away. I couldn’t bear being so far removed from his presence. I wove my way through the crowd, pressing in toward him.
God just chuckled. He pulled me up and lifted me high over his head, spinning me like a child against a backdrop of luminous sky. The scripture came to mind, “Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.”
Before long I found myself fading back into the multitudes. I scanned the crowd and realized that God desired to meet with each one of us face to face in intimate relationship. That God was big enough to be on his throne before throngs, and dancing with each of us all at once. But God looked across the crowd and gave me a little wink, as if to remind me of our special moment together. He especially loved me, just as he especially loved each of those millions of his children.
So why don't you spend a few minutes with him right now, worshipping with this incredible song. Allow God to speak deep within your heart. Tune the television in your mind to his amazing presence. Experience his beauty and his love today.
I hope you enjoyed this episode of “Time spent with God.” If you’re willing, please tell us about a movie that plays in your head.
* "Revelation Song" by Kari Jobe