If You Can Picture It, You Can Remember It

If You Can Picture It, You Can Remember It

When I was developing the Memorize Scripture – On the Go! product, one of the early verses I worked on was this one:

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.  Isaiah 55:9 (NKJV)

I was trying to associate the chapter and verse to the scripture and got the most wonderful image in my mind. It was an old man in a robe, who I knew to be Isaiah. He was standing with both hands reaching toward heaven with his fingers outstretched. Off to the right was a cloud and on the cloud floated the number 9 (because of the old saying, “I’m on cloud 9.”) Now when I think about the heavens being higher than the earth I remember that image of Isaiah with his hands making a 55 and the cloud 9 off to the side. I always know that this verse is Isaiah 55:9.

I was so excited when this happened because I knew that verse and citation was permanently ingrained in my memory. I was also excited because I thought that God was going to show me a picture like that for every verse in the program. I knew this would be a revolutionary key to help everyone to associate verses with their location.

Unfortunately, that was the only one I ever got. At first I thought I was wrong in imagining that those mental images were to be a part of this tool. However, now I think that God’s point was for me to share the experience in this article so that each of us can develop our own methods for associating verses to their locations. Maybe He just wanted me to share the idea to get your creative juices flowing.

If you come up with some clever ways to associate a scripture to its chapter and verse, please comment here to share your idea. Maybe God will give each person who reads this one mental aid. If we all share them here, we will have many new tools to help us. I believe God loves it when we help one another grow closer to Him through His Word. Let’s work together and achieve more!