During the holidays we were allowed to sit in my grandmother’s front room, but we had to be careful since most of her antiques were displayed there. To keep busy, we often looked through the photo albums she had on the coffee table. Photos of long ago brought out stories of my grandparents early years. Like the time the town mayor came to light the Christmas tree at my grandparents’ Christmas party.
There were photos of extended family laughing, forever frozen on the page. Others included babies celebrating their first Christmas or Easter, little girls in holiday attire. I always felt like I was learning a secret about my family when I studied their faces. It brought me closer to them and helped me see that they were more than what they appeared to be.
Today as I was reading a verse from a devotional, I realized my Bible is much the same. Seeing verses underlined or highlighted and reading passages, I come to understand a different perspective of God by what I find on the pages.
My Bible is full of verses and annotations in the margins where a verse carried power or spoke to a situation I was in at the time. Sometimes I would put a date or a person’s name next to a verse or passage. When I look back through the chapters I see places where God’s goodness or mercy, love and grace, or His power come through. I am reminded of all the different ways He has guided me, corrected me, or directed me through the words I read.
Over the years I have been a believer, I have had close to six different Bibles. My first one had a pink cover and included devotionals written by different Christian women authors and artists. The next one I bought was compact, so I could carry it in my backpack while in college. Later, I received a study Bible, which I still use on Sunday mornings. As a teacher I was given a Bible as part of my personal classroom book collection.
No matter the page I turn to in any of the Bibles, I see the places where God showed me more of His character, more of His love for me. I learned about His love for all of us. Seeking Him and finding Him in different ways are some of my favorite moments during my journey.
Dear Ones, do you have a special Bible which carries the early prayers of your faith walk? Maybe it was a gift from someone maybe it belonged to a different person, maybe it is brand new. Whatever it may be, open it up and use it. A pristine Bible is about as useful as a shovel that is still hanging in the garage unused. We need to dig in, turn things over, and continue to go deeper to see where and how our feet should be planted.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account (Hebrews 4:12-13).