It should be the perfect time to blog.
So I sit here reflecting on my week. As always, it was full. As always, I came home exhausted each night. Earlier in the week, I came home to a guest, my husband's younger son. He stopped through on business, and we dined together. Then I left him and his dad to talk, they don't see each other much, they didn't need me there.
As I moved from the basement to the upstairs after exercising, I did hear one thing that gave me pause. His son, always a Christ Follower as far as I know, said he had never read the whole Bible. Eight years ago right about now, I was getting going on just that.
You see, I started going to church the previous November ('04) and I was seriously thinking about getting baptized (wound up doing so February 16, 2005). I wanted to see what IT was ALL about. I knew what my heart was telling me to do, but my brain wanted more learning.
Looking back now, I can't remember where I was at this point or how long it took me to get into it, I do know I have a box of printed emails from a teaching pastor patiently answering so many questions. I still have all the teacher aids--mini posters--I bought to help me understand what I could. I remember being really, really angry when I read Moses didn't make it to the Promised Land. I do clearly remember seeing Jesus full on in the Old Testament and how thrilled I was with each glimpse (aka prophecy). I recall still reading into the summer--lounging on the Balcony with my Quest.
But then, at some point, I got bogged down (that sounds so awful) in Paul's letters, and I just stopped. I must have gotten through 2 Corinthians because when I came across 2 Corinthians 5:17, I jumped off the page and my heart sang. But shortly after that, I gave up.
Of course, I didn't stop reading the Bible, but I stopped reading it in its order. Quit. I've never read the whole Bible either.
Sitting here tonight, reflecting on my week and that smidgen on conversation, it occurs to me I need to remove that boggling mind weight and dive back in. Brad had suggested I study the maps for each letter first, to get to know to whom the words were written--you know, the audience other than me. I may. Or I might just read a bit and then study those folks.
"May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace." Romans 1:7
I have no doubt this will be slow going, but it will be good going nonetheless, and for that I am blessed.