Sunrise Over The Sea Of Galilee
photography by Anthony Kaetzel
(Feeling a little more peaceful this morning.)
I had this epiphany the other day.
I noticed that I had been having a hard time getting into my current Bible Study. I love the teaching time (different women from our church taught about a Minor Prophet each week), but the homework portion was dry to me. Admittedly, the homework was not the 5-day style I have been used to... and the Minor Prophets are not an easily applicable study. But it just didn't engage me. And I was frustrated with myself.
So, I am not sure if it is a "good" or a "bad" thing, but I when I opened up Kelly Minter's Nehemiah Bible study and started to prepare for my upcoming Summer Bible Study... I felt right at home. It was like I was meeting with a friend. Studying with a friend. I am looking forward to meeting back with her on the page and hearing her "voice" while I study scripture. It felt so good.
Why I say I am not sure if it is "good" or "bad" is because I started to wonder if I needed to grow in the area of being able to do a Bible Study that does not have a "voice." You know, just me and God. Or is it okay that I like having someone come alongside me during the weekly homework and make it more of a journey?
I thought I would share this epiphany because I think we can be hard on ourselves, can't we? Here I am enjoying fellowship with God when I study the Bible in a certain format... but at the same time condemning myself for liking to study it that way. I have to remind myself that I don't have to have fellowship with God in the same way that others do.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you...
James 4:8 ESV