Pressing Into Jesus
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. (Psalm 119:15, ESV)
A little boy opened the big family bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages. "Mama, look what I found", the boy called out. "What have you got there, dear?" With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered, "I think it's Adam's underwear!"
As cute as this joke is, it also made me cringe with the realization that often the only Bible some families have is a dust covered collector edition, used only for holding family heirlooms and pressed flowers.
I’ve only had maybe four bibles in the span of almost fifty years with Him. My first was given to me as a child. It was a King James Version; white with a zipper closure. My next one was a paperback edition of ‘The Way’ which I believe was a New Living Translation and was filled with black and white pictures of Jesus freak hippies; most of my growth and maturity was found and documented in the columns in between the flimsy cover. Having entered my twenties, I bought, myself this time, a personal sized, leather bound King James with a button cover. It is still my favorite and although falling apart, sits next to my bedside. It’s precious and I’d grab it in case of a fire. Today I have a brand new ESV study Bible, bought for me by my husband; I guess he got tired of watching me file the pages that kept falling out of the old KJV. These four priceless editions played such an important role in me defining and working out my own salvation. I can almost feel His sweet breathe coming from some of the well-marked passages.
The Bible is God’s love letter to us, and our relationship with Him will only be fresh and meaningful when we spend time with Him, studying his Word and looking for his face and character found between the pages. He longs for fellowship with us. His Word should not be something that is covered in dust and used to press flowers with, but rather opened daily as we press into Him.
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