Friday, July 13, 2012

Beauty on a Friday: memorizing God's word

I was surrounded by desks and students. It was test day.

I was prepared, and knew the text book inside and out. I studied. I prepared. I was ready.

I got the test and began to read the questions. As I did a sinking feeing came over me. I had studied alright, but I realized as I read through the test questions that I had studied the wrong book. The course was American history and unfortunately I had studied and learned the book on Britian's history. I sat horrified over failing the class, I couldn't believe I had spent so much time studying the wrong material. I was doomed to failure. I was a wreck. And there was nothing I could do about it.

I woke up with a start. It was a dream, it had all been a dream. Relief washed over me. But if God speaks in the night, what was he trying to say to me?

I have been reading a lot this summer, fun books, silly books, and a few serious spiritual ones as well. But I must confess that I have spent a lot of time reading books that have little to no eternal value. They're like watching T.V. Usually harmless, but also not very redeeming.

As I pondered the dream I had last night I wondered to myself if I've been spending too much time on the wrong thing. The things that really matter, those things that God might want to test me on, I haven't really been focusing on.

I love books, and I love to read so this is not a slam on reading good fiction. A well told story can be entertaining and enlightening, and move me just the same as a quality piece of non fiction. There is a place in life for books like The Help, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the Narnia series. There's also a place for intruiging spy thrillers, like the ones I'm reading now. There really is not too much wrong with that kind of reading. Unless God wants me to be focusing on other things.

And I guess if the terrifying test dream is any indication, maybe I better be studying God's word first.

So today I decided that it is time memorize God's word, time to be focusing on those important things.

I looked around and prayed about where to start. As I did my eyes feel on the beautiful sunflowers just beginning to bloom. And I thought of this verse:

"...hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment... do good, be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share." (1 Timothy 6:17-18)
And I got to thinking that God really does give us good gifts. And out of those I need to share. He gives me what he gives me not only for my enjoyment but also because others can be blessed by those gifts too.

So that is where I am starting. I'm studying the right material. And I pray that I'm ready come test day.

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