Our pastor encourages, “Read your Bibles with a little imagination, folks!”
Before you write my pastor… and me off, hear him out. He makes good sense. It has been said that we conclude the Bible is dull… is it possible that’s because we come to the Word dully? Should we instead be clothing the facts with fascination?
Walk with me for a moment through a very familiar story sprinkled with a few thoughts offered from his arsenal. The narrative is tendered from the fifth chapter of Mark and the eighth chapter of Luke.
You know the story well. Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, has approached Jesus with an immediate need. His young daughter is ill… about to die. He pleads that Jesus come quickly to his home and Jesus agrees to do so.
As they make their way to Jairus’ home, another familiar story interrupts their journey. A father’s haste to bring help for his daughter is delayed by a woman who touches Jesus’ garment. Jesus stops and asks, “Who touched me?” A conversation breaks out between Jesus, His disciples, and the woman.
Here’s where your imagination kicks in. What is Jairus thinking as the hurried journey to his daughter’s impending death bed is halted in lieu of a woman who has been dealing with an illness for a very long time?
Does he think, “Excuse me Lord, but I was ticket number thirty-two… this woman is thirty-three! My daughter’s about to die! Can’t this conversation wait one more day?”
My pastor’s point is valid. We gain the most from the text when we place ourselves in the text, realizing these were real people with real emotions just like ours.
The Word of God is not dull, but alive and vibrant! Considering the fact that we retain only ten percent of what we read, a meditative approach towards Scripture is not only of value… it is essential.
Think of it in light of the old coffee percolators. The steamy water is ran again and again through the coffee grains… pulling more and more flavor into the pot… the pot that will soon yield your first morning cup. It should be a good cup.
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- Your Way… have it your way (ptl2010.com)
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