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March '17

“The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Direct my footsteps according to Your word.” —Psalm 119:130,133

Reflection:

Have you ever visited a particular location so many times you were absolutely convinced there was nothing new to see or experience?

My husband, Dave, and I have spent numerous weeks in New England during peak autumn foliage over the years; so many, in fact, that we no longer need a map to get around. We've also visited some of the same touristy spots repeatedly (the Norman Rockwell Exhibition, Hildene—the Lincoln Family Home—Mystic, CT Seaport, and so on) that we might think we couldn't possibly spot anything new.

When we read the Bible, do we ask the Lord to open our hearts, our spiritual eyes, to the new things He has planned for us to discover each day? One of the beautiful aspects of reading this Holy Spirit inspired treasure is that we will always find whatever is needed for any particular challenge. Whatever we need for body, mind, and spirit.

Think of that! Just as the verse in Psalms 119 declares, God's Word will unfold to us—open our understanding—and bring the Light of Truth bursting into our lives.

The more we read and study God's Word, the sweeter the honeycomb is to our taste. We crave it, we continue to return again and again, and each time there is something vital, powerful, directional, hopeful, energizing, and, yes, peace-giving.

Jeremiah 15:16 refers to the Word of God as food: “Your words were found, and I ate them. And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart. For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts."

My young mother was diagnosed with inoperable cancer when I was a little girl, and she memorized this verse, and others like it, when she could no longer eat solid food for six months. She meditated on the "heart-food" of God's Word and a miracle of healing eventually came. (She lived a full life until her Homegoing in 2006. Her compelling story—and my childish reflection of what happened to her, and to our family—is chronicled in my novella, The Sunroom, if you're interested in knowing more.)

God endears us to Himself by His Word. Psalm 43:3: “Send your light and your truth to guide me. Let them lead me to your house on your sacred mountain.”

My prayer is that you will be drawn to this Lamp to your feet and Light to your path. That your heart will yearn for it and be made tender by its message of grace and hope.

Beverly Lewis