As the number of my years pass by, the more I have grown to know that God's Word must be where I search for life's answers, where I wrap myself in Hope, and where I weary my eyes.
King David's words in Psalm 119:123 profoundly challenge me -
"My eyes fail from seeking Your salvation".
David knew the Word of God, he studied it and drank in every promise and truth with his eyes as well as his heart. I cannot imagine my eyes being so weary from reading the Word of God, yet they have often wearied from reading emails, sewing, browsing books, watching television or skimming magazines.
Having moved into our first home just five weeks ago I'm reflecting on the hidden blessings we never asked for but which some days take our breath away. Like the beautiful view from the back porch where we sit and open God's Word each morning and have our minds washed in grace, mercy, goodness and truth before we go our separate ways to work and chores.
These days as dawn approaches I eagerly push aside the sheets, plant my feet on the floor, head to the kitchen to brew a quick coffee and step out back where one of my big old Bibles and a pair of reading glasses wait for me on the soft blue couch. Some days I read chapter after chapter, other days it's just a verse or two which leads me in to a time of personal reflection and prayer - but still, my eyes have not yet wearied from reading God's Word.
Daily household activities will always draw me away and that is normal of course because people must be fed, washing done, floors mopped, work accomplished, but my hope for the days to come is that I increasingly choose to pick up a Bible before I reach for my iPad, phone or other reading material, that I at least rest my eyes and heart on a few Scriptures and ponder them.
It was only this morning I remembered a wonderful habit followed during our homeschool years. I would leave a Bible open on the kitchen bench at a particular chapter and as I walked past during the day I'd stop and read a few more verses. Moving on I'd consider those verses whilst folding the washing or attending to another task and as the weeks and months passed my delight in God's Word just kept growing.
Mmmm...may be time to revisit that beautiful rhythm of daily study?
I pray the Lord will increase my love for the Bible so much that all other distractions fade away, and that my testimony one day will be that of King David's -
"My eyes fail from the constant reading of your perfect Word, Lord."
What about you?