It’s a new year!!
When I woke up this morning, I started to reach for our wedding bible to start reading. Admittedly, I stopped regular bible reading this past year because I wanted to test the truth of Psalm 119:11.
I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
I wasn’t perfect this year, of course. But when I allowed the word of grace hidden in my heart to work its way through my body and out my mouth and hands, falling short — you know that’s what sin means, right? — no longer caused panic. Eyes to the cross, the Holy Spirit would whisper, and see your sins punished and paid for, your life bought and owned by God Most High.
It is FINISHED!!
But I’m a person of the word. And the Word. And there has been a prayer in my heart that the Lord has answered in a way I did not see right away. But this morning, New Year’s day, January 1, 2011, He finally opened my mind to how it would be done.
As a storyteller, I love seeing a story unfolding, whether watching, listening or reading. But specially reading. I’m still basically an introvert, and reading is a private, almost intimate storytelling time, just me, my imagination, and the author’s words.
So I have been praying for a Chronological Bible. So far, what I’ve seen out there are in the New Living Translation and New International Version. I love them both, but I’ve also been wanting to get me a Message Bible.
So God gives me both. Online. You can have it too! Just go to http://www.biblegateway.com/ and choose a reading plan and a version.
I’ve been trying to read online, but with our little laptop, with only 2GB storage, I couldn’t bookmark and save cookies, and then losing internet connection, it was tedious.
And I got lazy.
But Psalm 119:11 is true. Toward the end of the year, the Lord provided a computer with bigger capacity. But it wasn’t until this morning that I finally got the picture.
So I get up and go online (it’s my new quiet place, believe it or not), go to Bible Gateway, and choose the Chronological reading plan.
And I see the end.
I live in the Philippines, so I’m in a time zone ahead of the site. As far as they’re concerned, it’s still December 31, even if it’s January 1 for me here.
So my first reading for the year is about the end of all things. And you know what?
The end is gonna be GOOD!!!
The devil will lose and be cast down, the Lamb will get his bride, and there will be a new heaven and a new earth, no longer this one bound by time and corrupted by selfish pride. And then, my favorite verse in Revelation:
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Yes, now I also know how it will end, even if it is just beginning. God has always known what my heart needs, and has always been faithful to meet me where I am. Whatever this year brings — and it’s threatening to take more than give — I know that God is on the throne, and He sees my tears.
And will wipe them away. Maybe not right away. But I know He will.
And that’s all I need to know now.
MAY THIS NEW YEAR BE YOUR MOST BLESSED ONE SO FAR, TO BE SURPASSED ONLY BY THE NEXT NEW YEAR!!
And God bless us, everyone!