So, I have this
problem issue quirk thing I do. My eyes have a tendency to wander in books. That is, when I'm reading a novel I often "accidentally" read the bottom of the page before I've finished reading the top. And when I'm reading my Bible, my eyes seem drawn to portions which I've underlined previously - instead of staying with the plan. So, to keep myself focused on one thing at a time I usually cover the unread portion of a page with my hand. Gets awkward when I'm laying on my back holding a book in the air, covering the right page with my right hand and trying to only reveal one line at a time on the left page with my other hand. I *might* have dropped a book, or two, on my face at such times. *ahem*
Anyway, I was experiencing this dilemma on Monday during my quiet time. I was reading 1 Samuel 10-12 and as I turned the page at verse 5 of chapter 12 I saw something underlined at the end of the chapter. And can I tell you? Even though I immediately covered up the underlined portion with my hand, in my head I was having such a hard time staying focused on what I was reading. I just wanted to know, What treasure is waiting for me at the end of this chapter? Then I'd tell myself, Stick with where you're at. Pay attention to what you're reading now.
And back and forth I went.
Until I finally made it to verse 24.
But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. ~1 Samuel 12:24With my curiosity satisfied and my heart inspired, I recounted the great things HE has done for me.*HE saved me at age 18 and has been patiently growing me ever since.*HE has given me a wonderful husband and children. And has made the hard times with them wonderful by using them for good.*HE has provided faithfully for our needs. Even when it seemed impossible to me.*HE has healed wounds I never thought would have been treatable.*HE continues to show me my broken places and makes me believe HE will make them whole again.*HE has brought peace to my anxious soul. Ahhhh, it was so worth the wait to get to those words. And the time of reflection.May I encourage you today to take some time to consider what great things HE has done for you?