Would you want a friend who never talked to you and never read your letters? Did God write the Bible, his letter to you, for it to sit on a shelf? I think that most of us need to be reminded to hide God’s Word in our hearts.
“I have hidden your Word in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalm 119:11
Today my mother read this poem out of a book to my brother and I.
Old Brother Higgins built a shelf, for the family Bible to rest itself,
lest a sticky finger or grimy thumb
might injure the delicate pages some.
He cautioned his children to touch it not,
and it rested there with never a blot,
though the Higgins tribe were a troublesome lot.
His neighbour, Miggins, built a shelf.
“Come, children,” he said, “and help yourself”.
His book is old and ragged and worn,
with some of the choicest pages torn,
where children have fingered and numbered and read.
But of the Miggins tribe I’ve heard it said,
each carries a Bible in his head”
-Author is Unknown
It is important for us, whether children or adults, to plant ourselves in God’s Word every day, so that we might always carry the scriptures in our head and heart wherever we go.
Need some inspiration? I encourage you to read the book, “Ten Peas in a Pod. The Million-Mile Journal of Arnold Pent Family”.
This family traveled the country as missionaries. No matter where they went, whether bumping around on a dirt road, or around the breakfast table, they never failed to put God first. Memorizing most of the books in the Bible, they didn’t need to attempt to read the Bible on their busy trips. They recited it, whole chapters at a time, starting from the oldest, right down to the five-year-old. It is important for us to do the same. I am working on it. I would love for my readers to work on it too. Don’t just open God’s letters every once in a while. Read God’s letters over and over every day. Become God’s friend.