I believe it was about February when I figured out what my New Year’s resolution would be. I know – I should have made that decision in January, but at least I resolved to do something despite a late start.
The idea came from a sermon given by my pastor, Charlie Ray. Charlie pointed out that oftentimes atheists will declare that although they don’t believe in the Bible, at least they can say they have read it in its entirety. My good pastor wondered aloud how many of us, sitting comfortably in the sanctuary, could say the same.
My first thought was, “I probably have read all of the Bible…bits and pieces here and there. Surely all of those Sunday school lessons have added up over the years.” But I had this nagging feeling that probably was not good enough.
So, I’ve been working on changing probably into certainly. I’ve had a four unit Bible Study program on my bookshelves for years collecting dust. Instead of going in chronological order, it bounces around between the Old and New Testaments, so the reader can see the foreshadowing of the Messiah. At this point, I’m nearing the end of Unit III, so hopefully I’ll accomplish my goal by the end of the year.
I’ll confess, I’ve had my setbacks along the way. I’m easily distracted, so sometimes “Good Morning, America,” which I can hear from the living room, lures my attention away from my studies at the breakfast room table. Or a phone call will capture my attention and next thing I know, I’ve forgotten my studies and moved on to other tasks. A few months ago, I decided to turn the TV off during my Bible study, so I wouldn’t be tempted to lose focus. That’s worked well for me.
This morning, however, God’s own creation teased me from the backyard. While reading about Samson and Delilah, I was treated to the beautiful sight of a hummingbird enjoying our feeder, just five feet from where I sat. At the same time, just outside the window, a red cardinal and a dove flew to the tube feeder filled with mixed seeds. The hummingbird stayed long enough for me to get a photo, but I couldn’t get close enough to get a decent shot of the cardinal and the dove.
I suspect God is okay with my temporary diversion. In fact, I think He sent them as a gift.
Isaiah 61:10 I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God.
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