I had just commented earlier to a friend, how there was an extra pew in the back added to the side where we always sit, this pew prevents anyone from being able to easily
But, I could not stand the thought that my Bible, my most precious possession was not near! I felt like a mother whose child had gone missing, and no matter how caged in and anxious I felt, I had to find it!
I planned my escape during a hymn when everyone was standing. I headed straight for the ladies room. It was not there. I opened the adjacent nursery door and asked the women in there if they had seen a purple Bible. They had not. I proceeded into the Sunday school area…not there. As I made my way back towards the sanctuary, I noticed my Bible had been placed near the entry door of the fellowship hall! I was flooded with relief.
So why am I writing about this seemingly ordinary occurrence? After all, everyone has lost a Bible, right?
Wrong…not me. Since I have been a Christian now for over 27 years, I have only used two personal Bibles, replacing the first one about 4 years ago when it started to really fall apart, It was a hard-cover KJV that I had bought well over 20 years ago at a yard sale for $1.00! It was like brand new then, it’s pages unmarked. It lies in a drawer today, the dog eared pages marked with highlights and footnotes, yellowed with age.
(As you can see in the first photo above, it looks like I have really taken a bite out of it!)
So when I bought the new Bible, also a KJV. I was thrilled with it’s soft leather cover, a deep purple…purple is my favorite color. I also like how the lettering is enlarged, as it is easier for my aging eyes to read .
I meticulously went through this new Bible, repeating all the highlights and footnotes, and of course, adding many new ones in the last four years. Also, I transferred many little things that were lovingly stored within the old Bible, A candy wrapper, given to me from a sweet little disabled girl whose parents were missionaries in the Ukraine, A note from a dear friend to encourage me through a tough time. Prayer requests…many of them, written on everything from ripped pieces of paper, to offering envelopes taken from the pew. Recently I shared a picture of a small dried violet given from a friend. The inside of this new Bible contains stickers, placed there from a couple of little children who were having some trouble staying quiet, and occupied during service at one of the churches I attended. Then there are the usual, bookmarks from various people, one hand-made, and some bulletins from different churches, with notes written on them as well. (although these get cleaned out regularly)
So, this Bible not only contains the living Word of God, but also serves as a type of journal and roadmap of my life as a child of God. So when it went missing, I felt, for the first time, just how important my personal Bible really is to me.
I have been thinking about this all week now. I realize there are places in the world where it is considered a crime to possess a Bible. I wonder, how many times we who are free to have a Bible, quote from that Bible, and attend a church, take for granted these freedoms?
At what cost would you continue to carry your Bible, talk about the Lord with others, and worship and study about the Lord in a church building or other public place? I would hope that if ever faced with a situation like that, we would all react like a mother or father in pursuit of a lost child…risking anything and everything to be with that precious one.
God, is not a lost child, that would be us, when we stray from His presence.
Yes, I do understand that God’s Word is hidden in our hearts, (Psalm 119:11) and I know that Jesus is the LIVING WORD, and the Holy Spirit dwells within each believer. We are truly, Never Forsaken. Therefore if we did not have our Bibles available to us, Jesus would still be to us, the living fountain of life, imparting knowledge and instruction to us. As His grace is sufficient!
(2 Corinthians 12:9)
So, I am wondering, What does the Bible mean to you? Is it a valued possession that would send you seeking it out if it went missing from your hand? Would you be willing to step on a few toes in pursuit of it? Is there anything that is trying to cage you in, away from the Bible lately?
Maybe now is the time to plan your escape away from where you are kept from pursuing a closer relationship with the Lord…He is right there, waiting for you, at the entrance door of your heart!