"You have been taught the holy scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus."
2 Timothy 3:15
Our granddaughter Isabel is in 2nd grade and this year she was presented with her first Bible during church a few weeks ago. She was soooo excited she went home and spent that Sunday afternoon reading the "how to read your Bible" instructions that came with her Spark Bible, made just for children. She even told the family she needed quiet time so she could read! Last I heard she was in the 8th chapter of Genesis.
Isabel could hardly wait to tell Papa and Grandma Na about the Bible. Her excitement was palpable when we talked to her on the phone. She also shared at the same time that her Sunday School class was memorizing all the books of the Bible. Yikes! I think I was 12 when I did that.
I have been pondering Isabel's excitement. Here in America we take it for granted... we can find a variety of Bible translations, concordances, and more to be purchased easily online or in a bookstore. There are countries in this world where that would not be true. I wonder, do I appreciate the freedom I have to read from the Word of God so easily and openly?
I also was reflecting on how I feel when I open my Bible. Do I have the excitement Izzy has? Do I look forward to exploring its pages? Am I determined to take or make the time to open its cover every day and discover what God has to share with me?
Oh, Lord, thank you for using the excitement of a child to remind me of the blessings Your Word holds for me. Let me never forget to be excited when I open Your book, and let me always be reminded of what a privilege to share the gifts of what is within with others. Amen.