Last fall one of my friends decided she would read the Bible in one year as her New Year’s Resolution. She went on Facebook and invited anyone interested to join her on this venture. To her surprise, several of us signed up. She spent the last few weeks of the old year working up a weekly calendar and forming study questions to help keep us on task.
Over the years, I have attempted this on my own but I usually lose interest by the time I hit Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Moses becomes a real nag, and I get bored with all the goat sacrifices. When this opportunity came up, I decided to try it once again.
Why am I doing this?
I consider myself intelligent and a voracious reader. I taught English/Language Arts for thirty-seven years to students. I have read most of the classics and the contemporary masterpieces out there. Some I have read multiple times and can discuss each at great length, but I cannot say the same about the one, most influential book in the history of modern man – the Bible. Maybe if I joined a group, I could stick through it and get it done.
We get a weekly reading reminder and those of us who are still hanging in there, respond to the prompts. Some members share videos, charts, and research found on the Internet, and these really help to give me insight.
Presently I am halfway through Joshua, and Judges is next. Instead of using the questions our leader provides, I changed the study more to my liking. As I read each chapter, I go back and find one verse to underline. In some chapters, I have trouble finding one that I like, but in others, I have trouble choosing only one. I bought an inexpensive monthly planner, the kind where each month takes up two full pages when opened flat. In the far left square (Sunday), I write the weekly assignment and then use the squares for Monday through Friday to write one quote from all those I chose from that week’s reading. I use the Saturday square and any additional space on the far right to summarize the readings.
I am in the my third month and as I go back, the quotes and the summaries help me understand how the covenant developed between God and Man.
It is not fun or easy, but the more I get into the Bible, the more I feel a connection, something I cannot describe. I feel a presence. It is like He is in the room, observing me, like when a parent stands back and watches a child struggle with homework. There is also a sense of accomplishment, and I hope He is pleased with my attempt to communicate with Him on a different level.