What a coincidence!
To all of my Bible buddies who stop by from time to time to see how my journey is going, I have something to share with you that happened to me yesterday...
You may have noticed that I haven’t posted on my blog in a couple of weeks. That’s because I feel like I've been forcing something that should just flow. I’m not talking about the reading portion of my journey. It’s the nightly blog posts that I’ve been forcing myself to write, no matter how late it gets. I’ve been thinking that if it has to be forced, then perhaps I’m being led by my SELF instead of by God.
So, I decided to take a little break, in hopes of getting my juices to flow again. Then, I stumbled across something purely by happenstance that convinced me NOT to return to my self-imposed daily writing schedule. You may have seen in some of my previous posts that I don’t believe in coincidences, at least not for me. Everything has meaning to me.
Here’s what happened...
After reading yesterday’s chapters in the Book of Isaiah and Psalms, literally NOTHING jumped out at me to share on social media. That's never happened, not in all 127 days of this journey. Even my favorite little pink book, Jesus Calling, gave me nothing to post. So I thought, “God, are you ready for me to be quiet now?” I started clicking around on the Read Scripture app and went to "Settings" where I noticed a link to the podcasts at the bottom. I don't remember ever seeing that and never clicked it before. But, today I did.
I went scrolling through the long list of weekly podcasts to find the very first one so that I could catch up. Since the app was first available over a year ago, I expected there to be 52 podcasts. But, there were only 19. I wondered why there weren’t any podcasts listed after that, so instead of beginning with week one, I jumped ahead to the week 19 podcast.
Here's where the coincidences start to coincide…
Pastor Francis Chan (whose Crazy Love ministries developed this app) began by saying that it would be the very last Read Scripture podcast. He said he was feeling like his podcasts were getting in the way of what the project was intended for, which was just to introduce people to the intimate experience of being alone with God's Word so that it could minister directly to them. Then, he quoted a couple of Scriptures about using fewer words...
When I heard this, it struck me very deeply because I’ve been feeling that way myself. My own words were getting in the way of my intimate experience with God’s Word. Each day, I felt my spontaneous revelations from Him decreasing. Spiritually sensitive people tend to lose their connection to the things they love when those things become compulsory. Forcing myself to stick to a writing schedule was beginning to affect the intimacy of my relationship with God’s Word. Now here’s the kicker!
As I mentioned, the last Read Scripture podcast was week 19 of last year. For some reason, I went straight to my calendar to see which week we’re in now. And it’s week 19!
It’s no coincidence that Francis Chan and I came to the same conclusions at the same exact point, albeit a year apart. It’s no coincidence that I stumbled upon his podcast at this moment, and not before or after.
I believe this has to be the Holy Spirit. It’s God winking at me again, letting me know I’m on the right track. Or in this case, it’s time to get off the track. Switch gears. Change direction. It’s time for me to let go, and let God.
The journey continues...
We can still be Bible buddies. I’ll still share social media posts inspired by the daily readings. And, I’ll still write a blog post whenever the Lord leads me to do so. But, as with giving, it has to be done cheerfully, not under compulsion.
This blog is a labor of love, which I happily give to whomever is inspired by it. Writing daily about what I’ve been reading in the Old Testament has brought so much to my life! So much understanding. So much self-discipline. So much reverence for the Lord. As well as the satisfaction that comes with knowing you can accomplish something you set out to do.
But, now it’s time for some breathing room, so that the revelations can begin to flow again...organically, authentically, in love. Amen.
*I encourage you to take a trip around the world of Scripture. The only passport you’ll need for your journey is the Read Scripture app which will provide your daily itinerary. You’ll love this app because it contains videos by The Bible Project that will serve as your tour guide.
(In case you were wondering, this blog is a labor of love for me.❤️ The links contained in my posts are NOT affiliate links. I include them in order to share with you the actual pages and apps I use during the course of my own personal journey. Money muddies the waters, and I like my water clear. Amen? 😉)