Just like every other morning, today, my alarm went off at 3 a.m. No snooze! In a minute, I was creeping down the stairs towards the kitchen. I could hear Mr. Coffee whispering my name. It was his usual irresistible deal he was hawking – I give him water and coffee grounds; in 5 minutes, he gives me a cup of the concoction I crave.
Did I mention it was 3 a.m.? Noteworthy, don’t you think?
As I waited, I walked to the room we call “our office” and picked up my Bible from the same corner of the desk where it is placed every day. Just another reason you should take notice of me. I know you shouldn’t have to look for your Bible like you do for the remote control or your car keys.
Cup of hot coffee in one hand and Bible in the other, I walked to the living room where I sit on the couch every morning and read.
Did you get that? Every morning! Not bragging, but I think I should be noticed.
My reading is very intentional. Every day, I read a chapter from the Old Testament, one from the Gospels, and one from the Psalms. It was Exodus 32, today. I had started with Genesis 1 and was working my way through the Old Testament. Next, I read Luke 19. This had started with Matthew. And as is my routine, I ended with a chapter from Psalms.
Pretty impressive! I know, now, you are noticing me!
Today, in Exodus, it was a follow up chapter to the giving of the Ten Commandments. You know, “The Big Ten”! The place where God says, “Don’t!” and means it. After He says, don’t have any other gods before me; God lays out the law for Israel to follow. God proscribed the proper restitution for damages and liability for setting fire to your neighbor’s crops, stealing a donkey and the price for acquiring a wife, if you sleep with a virgin. I even underlined a verse and made a note in the margin.
I don’t want to boast; but it’s hard.
I flipped over to Luke where I read about Zacchaeus being a wee little man (“and a wee little man was he …”). I also read about the master who gave money to his servants and upon his return asked what they had done with what they had been given. I saw much of me in the parables, so I made notes.
Remember, it’s before 4 a.m. I’m reading my Bible. I’m diligent and committed to my spiritual growth. I think I deserve to be noticed by someone; at least, one someone. I wanted to get to work, but I was being diligent.
If you haven’t noticed, yet; I’m making a very compelling argument for being noticed.
I turned to the bookmark in Psalm. Yep, today was Chapter 78. You know, the individual psalms can be a few verses or many. You just never know. This one started on one page and continued to the next. Without hesitation, I flipped to see how many verses. It went two more pages and on to a fourth.
I’d like to say I turned the pages “without thinking”, but I can’t. You just can’t lie about the Bible. It’ll get you in big trouble. I looked because I wanted to know how much time it would take to read it. I was worried about my precious time. I was worried about me. I knew why I was reading, now. It had nothing to do with the inspired verses, but being exposed to my own selfishness.
Ok, would you please not notice me, anymore?
I have so much farther to go in this walk!