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  • Clear as Mud

    1 posts, 1 voices, 419 views, started Jun 29, 2009

    Posted on Monday, June 29, 2009 by Denise Richardson


    • Diamond

      "Let all who are wise heed these thing and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord."
      Psalm 107:43

      Have you ever come upon a patch of earth that is always muddy due to a slow but steady underground spring? Although the surface is usually dark brown and impenetrable, occasionally a small pebble will rise to the surface and if you look closely enough, you can see streaks of color in the small stone. Others—seeing only the mud—missed the small gem.

      If someone asked you the meaning of something you had just read in the Bible, might you have replied, "I don't know. It was as clear as mud"? Let us be honest: there are parts of the Bible which are simply difficult to understand and our reactions to them can be diverse. We may be tempted to give up and stop reading. Some may lay unnecessary guilt on themselves: "I'm just not spiritual enough to understand." (They too often give up.) One friend decided that God was trying to trick her into obedience: "He is waiting to see if I will persevere in my study." Another reaction might be to continually seek out experts whom we assume will have all the answers.

      Recently in my Bible reading I came upon several chapters that contained historic facts cloaked in symbolism. My naturally curious mind wanted to "get it." I wanted proof that the described events had occurred or would occur at some point in the future. I wanted the package neatly tied with a ribbon on top. I wanted all the answers.

      Finally I halted my roiling mind long enough to just be still in God's presence. I reminded myself of what I frequently tell others: did I read anything that needed to be obeyed today? did I discover anything more of the character of God? My discoveries were just small pebbles, but they brought new color to God's Word. It takes quiet time and still hearts to heed and ponder.  

      Father, thank you for the pebbles I find in the most obscure corners of your Word. Thank you that none of your words are wasted.


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