Emoji Watching

“The Lord said, ‘I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. So I have come down to deliver them…” (Exodus 3:7-8)

Some signs first appeared in 1882 but didn’t gain wide acknowledgment until 2012. They didn’t hang in the heavens, and they didn’t signal Jesus’ return. They’re emojis.

The word emoji comes from two Japanese words that when combined mean pictograph. Though we use emojis to creatively convey emotions, the two words have no connection. Still, regardless of their definition, emojis testify in a colorful fun way to the forces working inside us. They allow us to express how we feel about something we see or experience. A picture can say so much more than words.

What if you wrote a book using only emojis? Someone did. He told a whale of a tale and called it Emoji Dick.

Imagine if God were to re-write the Bible using only pictographs. Which ones would He use repeatedly? The heart emoji would be the most dominant. We broke His heart, and He healed ours as He poured out His love.

A Watchman isn’t afraid to show his heart in his mission. His heart attuned to God’s is his greatest motivation. He weeps for those in captivity. He fist-bumps those who stand on the wall. His hands fold in prayer as He comes before the King.


Father, I guard my heart, so the enemy cannot gain entrance. But I must not harden my heart. That would prevent me from feeling love or sorrow. I need your wisdom to strike a balance between taking my job seriously and experiencing its joy.

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