Last Friday morning, I woke up and something near and dear to my heart was missing! No, not my husband. My Voice! I literally couldn’t squeak a word. (btw, said husband is OK with this). To add insult to injury, I also felt horrible.
As a result, I missed the wedding of the century on Saturday night (So sorry JEF!) and church on Sunday. I also had to cancel a much-anticipated trip today to visit my Uncle Jack and sweet friend Kay. Dang it all!
So what does an extrovert do without a voice? Cook? No. Clean the house? Oh, heck no…way too sick for that nonsense. (tee hee!) Nope, she reads her favorite book…the Bible.
I have read the Bible from start to finish and have been in countless, in-depth studies over the years. It is safe to say I have learned a great deal since I started my spiritual journey through Scripture. But as my Bible teaching friend, Mary, reminds our class, “Treasures typically aren’t found lying on the ground. You have got to dig deep and mine for the valuable nuggets.”
And that’s just what I did. For hours on end!
With my cozy robe on, hot tea in my favorite ladybug cup and Bible in my lap, I read. And I read. And I read some more. Verse after verse, Scripture tells us who God is, how much He loves us and why. It tells us how to love Him. How to love our kids, our spouses and our enemies. It tells us how to determine our purpose and His will for our lives.
The Bible is literally a treasure trove of information about how to live our lives to the fullest! Jesus came to give us an abundant life. His Word tells us how to claim that promise, accept His gift of eternal life and the gazillion blessings He has in store for us that are beyond our wildest dreams.
It has been several days since I got clobbered by the “nasty bug”, but I am on the mend and will happily live to see another day. While I am sad about missing a fun-filled trip, a fabulous wedding celebration and a great sermon, I am also grateful for the quiet time I have spent with my Lord and Savior.
A man named Bill Wilson is credited with the saying, “In God’s economy, nothing is wasted!” I would have to agree with Bill. Romans 8:28 says it like this; and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Even in my silence, God had a purpose and a plan for me. To be still. To approach His throne with confidence. And to stop talking!
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” ~Psalm 46:10
Then let us approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. ~Hebrews 4:16
Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues. ~Proverbs 17:8
What is His purpose for you today?