to focus on
to delve deep into
learning out of a desire to know more – to understand more
there are lots of people who are excellent at studying…I’m not one of them.
I love reading. I love learning. But studying? I’m just not crazy about it – as in the practice itself. I do love the results of it. I enjoy the light-bulb moments, and the connections that are made when new things are brought to the surface. It’s truly exhilarating.
But when you know that you have to study. Like the test is in a few hours…really have to study. It’s just not a lot of fun. It’s exhausting and seems completely overwhelming.
Hmmmm – kinda alot like our spiritual walk right?
Those quiet (or not so quiet) moments when I’m reading and something stands out in a way that I’ve never noticed before. Or when I’m reading in the New Testament and it makes me remember something I’ve read in the Old and I catch a glimpse of the whole masterful design of every word, every letter of His book…there’s nothing like it.
But somehow, those moments get a bit lost when it becomes a “have to” instead of a “get to”. When I deem Him unimportant enough to spend time with, when I live as though I have it all together and I simply don’t need Him to get through those day to day things. That’s when the studying can be mundane. That’s when it can seem like simply cramming for a test instead of preparing for a life. Studying His word…studying Him – there’s absolutely nothing more beautiful.
This is Day 17 of the Write 31 Days Challenge.