After a very long week of illness, I think I am back among the living!! This illness was really very strange in that it came on me so quickly. Of course, it didn’t leave so quickly, but lingered on for days and days! I still have a little congestion and cough, but I feel so much better that I think it will all be gone very soon. I am hoping no one else in my family gets this virus, or whatever it was. Several have suggested it was simply stress related, and perhaps so. In that case, it was not contagious. But Gen wasn’t feeling very well yesterday – not that she doesn’t have enough stress to push her right into the hospital, but her stress has acted out in a different way physically. So, all that to say I hope she isn’t coming down with the junk I have/had.
I don’t think I have mentioned this, but I took the 90 day Summer Challenge the first of June of reading the Bible through by the end of the summer. I am actually listening to the Bible in 90 days, since there is little time for me to read, and I have at least an hour of drive time every day in which to listen to the CDs.
I got a couple of days behind on my first weekend, and was working on catching up when The Illness struck. Now I am about 5 days behind. I decided, though, that I am just going to keep going as though I am on track, perhaps gain a little ground if I can, but not worry about being behind.
Reading (listening) to the Bible in this kind of volume has been really wonderful! (It is kind of like trying to drink from a fire hydrant!) Although I have been a student of the Bible all my life (thanks to Godly parents who lead me on the path of righteousness from birth), I am hearing things I don’t remember having heard before. I am also hearing the beautiful, familiar things; those stories I have known from childhood, which taught me the power, love, and wisdom of Almighty God. What a blessing this has been!
Dannye, Emily, and Gen are also reading with me. They have all given testimony to the blessings they are receiving from the Word. As we share our thoughts and experiences with each other, I am blessed and convicted by turn. Dan and Emily both said, at different times, that reading through Leviticus and Numbers was very trying, as the main thing they received from it was how thankful they are for the work of Christ that freed us from the Law. I was so convicted upon hearing this, because as I was reading all this I was thinking 1) how faithless those stupid Israelites were to turn away from God so quickly; and 2) how much I fail in righteousness, and I need to do better! Now, first of all, how can I point a finger at the Israelites when I am the MOST faithless of God’s children??!! He has done great things in my life and in my family, yet I doubt His power at the first sign of trouble! And second, Jesus fulfilled the Law so I don’t have to, and covers ME with HIS righteousness. Why do I insult Him by trying to do what only HE could? I really had to ask forgiveness, and ask for new ears to hear JESUS through all of this rather than WORKS.
I am currently in 2 Samuel, which is one of my favorite areas of Scripture. I am often shocked at the gore involved in all of these kingdom takeovers, etc., but I love David’s faithfulness and love for the Lord. Obviously I haven’t gotten to his fall, but even then, he comes quickly back to his Heavenly Father. How I long to have his heart – “a man after God’s own heart.”
I will leave you with one of Bill’s sunrise captures. The scripture says alot about my life right now – whether the sun is rising or setting in life, the name of the Lord shall be praised!!
God bless your day!!