I finally sat down to read my Bible. It was long overdue.
I got caught up in cleaning, blogging, and meal planning, and my Bible laid forgotten on the shelf.
“I’ll have more time later.” Well a week later, I decided that maybe I needed to make time NOW.
I opened the crinkly white pages to Romans 1. I needed a new book. A fresh start.
I tried to ignore the nagging feeling that gripped my heart. “Read fast! We have work to do.”
It’s hard to admit, but sometimes I feel like Bible study is wasted time. I let the urgent things crowd out the important things (because you know, cleaning the bathroom is urgent?).
But I needed to read, and I needed to keep reading until my heart slowed down and my brain engaged the Word. I needed to get lost in the scriptures, so I could rest at the feet of Jesus.
And I’m long overdue for some rest.
It didn’t take long for the words to start jumping off the page, living and active. Even before I got to the meat of the text, God spoke.
“To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
I stopped in my tracks, amazed that such a simple greeting could be so rich in truth.
“Beloved of God” Cherished. Protected. Provided for.
“Called to be saints” Chosen. Set Apart. Children of God.
“Grace to you” Unmerited favor. Forgiveness. Acceptance.
“Peace from God of Father” Freedom from worry, fear, and empty strivings. REST.
“Oh Lord, how did you know?”
I needed this reminder. I am loved and chosen. I am called to live a life full of grace and peace. I was not created to worry, to fear the unknown, to strive after the things of this world.
I was created to abide in Christ. He is to be my peace, my guide, and my strength.
These words recorded by the Apostle Paul may have been written to a group of believers in Rome, but today the Holy Spirit meant them just for me.
“I am here. I love you. Come and rest awhile.”
And I thought I had better things to do.