By Melanie Cave
Worship is all about connecting with Jesus. But so often in corporate sung worship we can be focused on other things. Do I like this song? What is that person doing? What will I have for lunch? We need to learn to focus on Jesus as we worship.
Often the words of the songs can help us by reminding us of who Jesus is. But its still easy to find ourselves on auto pilot, singing words but not really meeting with Jesus. Sometimes we need a way to re-focus ourselves (and our children) on meeting with Jesus. God has given us brilliant minds and imaginations and He intends for us to use these as we worship Him and connect with Him in our relationship with Him.
We can see Jesus with our heart eyes- we can focus our heart and mind on Him and we can see Him with our heart eyes. We’ve got to refocus- put on our metaphorical “Jesus Glasses” and choose to notice where Jesus is for us- and a great time to do this is during sung worship.
This is a simple tool called Refocusing-
1. Get a piece of paper and a pen or felt tip and draw yourself- however you can- maybe it’s a blob, a circle or a stick figure, or something more artistic.
2. Then we draw how we feel- maybe under a sad cloud or dancing because we’re happy. Maybe surrounded by people or all alone. Maybe we're feeling strong, or feeling tired. You can use words if you are really stuck on how to draw what you're feeling (but its often fascinating what we draw when we do!).
3. Then we ask “Jesus where are you for me right now?” and then we draw Jesus where we feel we sense him or see him or just know that he is.
You can do this in your imagination right now….
Close your eyes… Where is Jesus for you?
Do you see him on a throne? Next to you? Walking on the water? In a garden? Or sitting next to you?
What is he doing? What does he want to say or do? What does he want to give to you?
Just closing your eyes is a great way to start, but often it really helps to do this on paper, because it can help us overcome our distractions, and because the drawing can often bypass our inhibitions, and show us what we really think and feel about our connection with Jesus.
After we’ve done one picture, we might do more pictures...
Where does Jesus want to take you now?
What does Jesus want to show you?
Does Jesus want to give something to you for someone else?
Does he have something for us as a church or for our town?
As we focus on Jesus in our worship he shares his heart with us and we are changed.
We are committed to having clipboards, paper and pens regularly available for children and adults to use on Sundays during our worship.