Sometimes I am reminded how much I love the Word of God. I pick up a book that references scripture and I am amazed at how much I crave God's Word. I write it down, I read it and reread the same scripture. If it really resonates in me, I will read that same passage all week long or maybe even longer. I will read it to my husband, I will reference it when I speak to the church or to my Pastor or friends. I love it when that happens.
What is this desire for God's Word?
Why do I crave it?
I think this began in me many years ago when I was a little girl. I attended an A.C.E. school at our church. A.C.E. stands for Accelerated Christian Education. Scripture memorization was a huge part of that education. It was right up there with Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. We memorized whole chapters of John, Philippians, Ephesians...yes, whole chapters. Not that I can still quote them all but I can quote some. To be honest, I didn't look into what the scriptures meant as a 2nd grader but in memorizing them, something was planted in me. I now knew the words of God and I couldn't un-know them. I knew the commandments, the grace, what God hates and how He loves the little children.
|Teaching the nursery kids...they made Samson hair.|
So much fun.
Our wonderful Creator didn't leave us down here on our own. He didn't make us and drop us like a hot potato. When he created Adam and Eve, he walked and talked with them in the cool of the evening. Bonding with them. I am sure, giving His wisdom about how things worked. Knitting His heart with theirs. When I read the Bible, I can sense God walking with me, leading me, teaching me, inserting bits of wisdom that can only come from Him, into my life. This isn't always a pleasant experience. It can be a humbling, soul searching, flesh destroying mirror that I cannot escape. But He never leaves it there. Where I am broken, He remolds me...making me new. He heals me, renews me, restores what I have lost. No it's not immediate, but it is perfect.
So I will continue to study the Word of God. Getting to know Him, love Him deeper, hopefully becoming more like Him each day. As I fill up on His Word, my children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, all I come into contact with will see a little more Jesus and a lot less Kimi. Believe me, that is a good thing.
This is why it matters so much to me...