I opened Jesus Calling this morning right at the ribbon marker. I have always been thankful for ribbon markers. They take me to the exact location I need to be in a book. In this case, that would be November 8, the last time I opened up Jesus Calling, apparently. I was seriously surprised by that. I could have sworn it had only been a week since I last checked out JC.
Just another indication that life is flying by. Flying. By. My wise father told me years ago that time would really start flying now that I had children. We have always received comments like, “you and your family are so busy;” “how do you ever get anything done?” “when do you take time for yourselves?” We were/are busy; we get nothing done around our home as evidenced by the condition of our home; and we snatch tidbits of time to call our own. Wouldn’t change a second of it. Well, except for the part where I apparently lost total communication with God.
I realized that He and I weren’t in touch anymore yesterday morning during Bible Study when I opened up His Word and felt a rush of excitement; the excitement of newness. I absolutely believe His Word is Alive. Which to me means ever-changing, always fresh, new each time we read even our favorite verses. This, however, was the newness of long-time, no-see, and so-glad-to-meet-ya.
I left my hand on top of my bible most of our study yesterday. I could feel its warmth; its Life; its Power.
I longed to devour every word.
But, like most days, by the time I rushed out the door after bible study, met the girls for lunch and dashed home to begin (continue?) the never-ending packing, sorting, re-packing that is our life right now, I had completely forgotten about and lost that bible-lovin’-feeling.
Until this morning at 5:30. I opened Jesus Calling to the ribbon marked page of November 8. And, even though it is November 22, I began to read, “Learn to appreciate difficult days. Be stimulated by the challenges you encounter along your way. As you journey through rough terrain with Me, gain confidence from your knowledge that together we can handle anything.This knowledge is comprised of three parts: your relationship with Me, promises in the Bible, and past experiences of coping successfully during hard times. Look back on your life, and see how I have helped you through difficult days. If you are tempted to think, “Yes, but that was then, and this is now,” remember who I AM! Although you and your circumstances may change dramatically, I remain the same throughout time and eternity. This is the basis of your confidence. In My Presence you live and move and have your being.”
There was a reason I opened Jesus Calling on this particular morning. I needed this reminder. As always, He is Faithful and True; the Bright Morning Star.
Love you guys. See y’all tomorrow. Oh, and open up your bible and get yourself a Word today.