"What He ordains for us each moment is what is most holy, best, and most divine for us." Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

No Shortcuts

The way my eyes flew open this morning at 4:01 a.m., one would have thought it was Christmas morning all over again. And the way I love and get excited about that particular day, it might as well have been, for today marks the beginning of ladies' Bible study for 2010 -- and it's like Christmas to me!

The sign up has been phenomenal! Ladies are eager for the Word. And today we begin Beth Moore's 10-week study of the apostle Paul, To Live is Christ. But just like I told the mother of one of my piano students recently, "If he doesn't practice through the week, he's not really going to benefit too much from the lessons," the same could be said for Bible study. Getting to know God is time-consuming. We live in a day where everything is instant. We figure we can give God 10 minutes of our morning in some daily-devotional reading and expect it to be life-changing. Or worse, we open our Bibles and then close it after a few paragraphs because we find it boring. Renowned worship leader Bob Kauflin puts it this way: "We want everything abridged, dumbed down, and in today's lingo, so we don't have to think too much or examine our lives too closely."

But not these ladies today. They're bringing their work boots and pick axes. And why not? Given our small and feeble minds compared to God's immensity and grandeur, how can we even begin to assume the path to knowing Him is easy. In fact, what we DO know about God will always be dwarfed by what we don't know.

There are no shortcuts. And it's not a quick fix. The pursuit is life long. And worth it.

Just an ordinary moment...

1 comment:

Rosanne said...

The people who dig into God's word with you become your dearest friends, because you share the experience of the journey. Beth Moore's studies are very intense, but I enjoy them. I especially enjoy her language references, explanations of why particular words were used. Praying you and your friends will be blessed through your time together.