Last March, a friend and I set a goal of memorizing the book of Colossians in the space of a year. I didn’t think I could do it.
This hiding–it has been an undertaking. For a year, I’ve been plugging away–two verses a week and a cycle of reviewing and reciting. It has been plain old hard work and perhaps a living sacrifice of time and devotion.
I think about the conveniences of our connected, tech-savvy world. It’s fun to access different versions of the Bible with a click of a button. I love to read the blogs of folks who think deeply and write encouraging and convicting words. I enjoy hearing songs of worship as they stream through my media player. These things are all delivered in such neat and tidy packages (or pixels, or bytes, or whatever they are). But memorizing–it is not a tidy process. I fumble over words and the connections get tangled.
In the end, though, the Lord is using it to forge in me a deeper knowledge of who He is, and of who I am in Him.
Like last fall when I had an appointment in traffic court, and He said to me, “I have forgiven all your trespasses. I have canceled the record of debt that stood against you with its legal demands. I have set it all aside, nailing it to the cross.”
Then there are the times when my children are fussing at each other, and I am able to speak the words of life to them: “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”
My heart is burdened for their salvation, and I pray that the Lord would deliver them from the domain of darkness and transfer them to the kingdom of His Beloved Son.
I am all nerves as I contemplate a public speaking engagement this weekend. He whispers in my ear: “I will strengthen you with all power according to my glorious might.”
And indeed only His strengthening power (and the sweet encouragement of my dear friend!) have I been able to do this great thing. I pray for grace that this will be just the beginning of an eternal adventure, for His word endures forever!