In 1997, Tim began sending out "HEM-Lines", a weekly e-mail devotional sent free of charge to anyone who requests it. In January of 2009 the name was changed to "LightGrams". Below is one of the more recent devotionals sent out. If you'd like to be added as a subscriber, write to Tim@GraceMine.org and request to be included.
November 21, 2013
Volume 17, Number 35
"The Case Of The Spinning Statue"
The ancient Egyptian statue was housed in a sealed case in a London
museum; no one could get to it who wasn't authorized. Yet regularly
the 3,800-year-old statue was found in a different position, spun
around as it were. What could be the explanation?
Theories abounded. Some speculated that the statue was the object of
some curse that transcended time. Others believed that a spirit had
entered it, causing it to move around. Maybe it was a magnetic field
causing the movements.
Now it appears the mystery has been solved. By using an
accelerometer, specialists have discovered that vibrations are to
blame. Outside the museum cars and trucks rumble down the streets,
and closer still are the footsteps that fall as people tour the
facility. These activities have been determined to be the cause of
the statue's spinning.
It's not unusual to hear stories of "haunted" houses. Some are
convinced that otherwise inanimate objects are animated by spirits,
either friendly or hostile. A squeaking door or flapping shutters stir
the imagination. When daylight comes we realize our emotions carried
us to unjustified conclusions.
Others have reached unjustified conclusions in a religious setting.
Idols have been frequently found throughout history, and people have
prayed to these statues and made offerings of food or money to them.
What's going on here? Is there really something about these objects
Isaiah addressed the folly of idolatry: "They lavish gold out of the
bag, and weigh silver on the scales; they hire a goldsmith, and he
makes it a god; they prostrate themselves, yes, they worship. The
bear it on the shoulder, they carry it and set it in its place, and it
stands; from its place it shall not move. Though one cries out to it,
yet it cannot answer nor save him out of his trouble" (Isaiah 46:6,7).
Those statues were not even spinning. If they moved at all it was
because people were moving them. And yet people bowed down to them
and cried out for help?!
Trust placed in anything other than God is futile. Listen to God
appeal through Isaiah to common sense: "Listen to Me, O house of
Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been
upheld by Me from birth, who have been carried from the womb: ... I
have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you"
Instead of putting our trust in statues (or other "things") that
cannot carry us, wouldn't it be wiser to put our trust in the One who
has carried us from birth?
Come to the light God offers! Study His word, the Bible. Worship Him
in spirit and truth (John 4:24). Get in touch with us if you'd like
to discuss these ideas further.
Copyright, 2013, Timothy D. Hall. All scripture quotations, unless
otherwise noted, are from the New King James Version (Copyright, 1990,
Thomas Nelson, Inc.).
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