Sunday, March 25, 2012

Selective Reading

I am in trouble.

This is week four of The Artist's Way and I just read the appropriate chapter.
The main assignment for this week is....


I write this with fear in my heart....

....reading deprivation.

See?  I told you that I am in big trouble.

I am already going through withdrawal and I haven't even had time to not do any reading!!

After rereading the words a few times, it began to sink in...

No reading.

But what about Brennan Manning's wonderful book of his memoirs?
Does this include all those thought provoking devotional books I read each day?
I will get behind on all that is happening in this world!

One consolation is that I now have an excuse for not finishing The Life and Legend of Rin Tin Tin for my book club, which meets this Thursday.
To be truthful I already decided not to finish it.  I might read a chapter now and then at some point, but probably not.  I am sorry I spent the money on it.  Not only am I not finishing it, but I can't imagine who I could pass it on to...maybe the local library.

Papa has a plan and I sense it unfolding as I sit here adding words to this posting!

I will continue to read Scripture.
Without any commentary.
It will just be Papa's Words unblemished.

This can only lead to something really good.
Though I know I will be chaffing at the bit this week, I am growing eager to see what happens when all other written word is eliminated.

What a gift to know that all that comes my way is intended to bless me.
No matter what form it comes in!

Whenever I am singing to the LORD I like to be aware of the words and not just mouth them.  During church service this morning we, of course, sang a number of songs.  A few words in one of them spoke of our certainty that He holds all things in His Hands.

So whether it is something as brief as a prescribed week without reading or something major, we can have the joy of knowing it is in His control.

Such a grand adventure it is when Jesus is leading the way!

Visiting the Book of Revelation the other day the words that end the Seventh chapter got me to thinking.
"They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; neither shall the sun beat down on them, not any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne shall be their shepherd, and shall guide them to springs of the water of life; and God shall wipe every tear from their eyes."
He shall wipe every tear from our eyes.

Know what tears I believe He will be wiping away?
Tears of joy!

Joy to see Him face-to-face!
Joy of knowing that this is the One who held us and led us and loved us through our life's adventure!

What a joy to always have His written Word to encourage and instruct.
Now those are Words that I will not deprive myself of reading for even one day!

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