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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Remagnetized ?

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A few weeks ago I spied a couple of strip magnets hanging on my pegboard behind my computer.  Ah Ha I thought I can use these at Sunday School to hold up the Bible Verse of the Week, the Bible Picture and other paraphernalia that goes with each lesson on our white board.  Currently we double fold masking tape on the back of each item and stick them up. Very old school for sure.

I took them to church that Sunday and watched with amazement as they fell right off the marker board.

Then I got the bright idea maybe they could be remagnetized. (There is a lot of useless info in this 68 year old brain....mostly half baked info.)  But my coteacher Sarah has and i phone so I asked her to look it up.....after I had thrown all the magnet strips in the trash.  Yep, she said....just use a higher power magnet to remagnetize the strips. (Back to the trash can I go.)

The next week I spent time moving a big magnet up and down each strip.....letting it sit in one place on the strip for a couple of hours and then moving it down the strip.  How long does it take to remagnetize.....I have no clue....But by the next Sunday the strips were sticking to my refrigerator!

Back to Sunday School.....back to the posters and pictures and Bible verses......wallah......I place the strip on a poster and it falls right off again, shoot, I think I said.

I knew the strips worked at home.....what could be the problem?  Ah Hah.....the board wasn't magnetized.  I researched white boards; some come magnetized and some don't.  Who knew!?
All the ones I had at school must have been magnetized because they held all manner of ephemera.

Now I'm begging the Children's Pastor for a magnetic white board!

During my quiet time yesterday, it came to me......I need to be remagnetized.......by spending quality time with the strongest magnet I know......JESUS.  He drew people to Him......He drew me to Him....He was and is a People Magnet.  Do you need to be remagnetized, too?  Let's try to spend some time with Him during this busiest of all seasons.  If we don't, we may find ourselves falling off the wall and not being effective Christ followers.   Thank you God for speaking my language....teaching me through the every day things in my life....and not trashing me when my efforts don't work out....stay close to me, Lord.... that I may be like you. Amen

Has the Lord taught you anything lately....share with us please.

4 comments:

Atir said...

Easy to do. You dont need a magnetized white board. Take the board down and put up a piece of metal behind the white board - this metal must of have iron in it or magnets need to be attacked to it. The problem is that there is no metal for the magnets to be attracted to. If cereal has iron in it like your blood, it can be affected by magnets. So to carry the analogy to the spiritual level which was the point the entire time, God is reaching out to your spirit all the time and thats the pull you feel.

Atir said...

Easy to do. You dont need a magnetized white board. Take the board down and put up a piece of metal behind the white board - this metal must of have iron in it or magnets need to be attacked to it. The problem is that there is no metal for the magnets to be attracted to. If cereal has iron in it like your blood, it can be affected by magnets. So to carry the analogy to the spiritual level which was the point the entire time, God is reaching out to your spirit all the time and thats the pull you feel.

Gabby said...

Well, this morning in SS I taught about Jesus leading by the example of serving (one of my least favorite things to do, to be honest), washing the disciples feet when he knew he would soon die for their sins and they were oblivious, had just argued who was the greatest among them. Oblivious.
Anyway, it struck me that Jesus washed the feet of Judas just like Peter, John (the Beloved), and all the rest. He knew who Judas really was, but he died for him anyway. He knew many wouldn't accept the new covenant gift of grace over the law, but he shed his blood for all of us. It touched me, that I mess up too often, I am not perfect, I don't embrace all opportunities to serve that I should... but HE LOVES ME. The very essence of GRACE is that it is unearned. Undeserved. Unmerited favor. Best gift I can think of for Christmas.

Janice D. Green said...

What a great post. I never heard of re-magnetizing strip magnets. And I love the "connection" of being magnetized to God and responding to his pull.

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