““All this,” David said, “I have in writing as a result of the Lord’s hand on me, and he enabled me to understand all the details of the plan.””
1 Chronicles 28:19 NIV
We face several distractions in our daily lives and technology is a major contributor, whether it’s email, social media, instant messaging or just random web searches.
These distractions can prevent us from hearing God clearly. But that’s a topic for another day.
What I’d like to address is this: when we do hear from God, what do we do with the knowledge He shares with us?
Quite a number of us think we have the ability to remember everything and fail to document the instructions, prophecies or blessings that He shares with us. But He has shared with us for a reason, to plan.
Unfortunately or I guess fortunately for me, I cannot take this route of playing the remembering game. I somehow manage to forget many things! I mean I can impart information to someone and somehow forget the information myself. That one always gets me! But I am praying about it.
As forgetful as I am, I still avoided documenting what God shared with me for a long time. I thought because it was so amazing or scary or it was God, I’ll clearly remember, right? Absolutely wrong! I have come to realise that the benefit of documentation far outweighs the initial cost of spending time to actually do the task.
There are several ways to keep note of what God tells you. I’m personally a fan of writing and drawing. Both expressions are working manuals for me and allow me to keep track of my progress.
David downloaded specific instructions from God on how the temple should be designed and built. Imagine if he thought he could miraculously remember all that information. I’m sure Solomon would NOT have been thanking him later. I mean, Solomon was a young man suddenly tasked with building a magnificent temple for the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. I’m sure he was thankful for the “manual” his father left him as he could have been easily overwhelmed.
It’s important to note God’s plans for you in whatever form(s) you are comfortable with. You can write, you can draw, you can record voice notes, you can build, you can take photos, whatever works! Just document it.
Document your prayers
Document your goals
Document your daily tasks
Document your thoughts
Document your lessons/reflections
…….because there are many thoughts running through your mind and they will somehow disappear to the “forgotten” pile.
Documentation is like a photograph — you capture a moment that’s gone forever but the photograph will always remind you of the memories.
Your documentation reminds you of God’s vision for you, your strategy, your goals, your answered prayers. It can even build your confidence when you’re going through a “season” of unanswered prayers.
So document! Document! Document!
It’s one thing to document and another to actually act on it….I’ll be addressing that in my next post.