Such a lot of books.
These books don’t occupy my mantle (solely for photo purposes) any longer
nor do the ones which were
next to my bed or on side tables.
They have found a temporary home in my basement office.
A fleeting time of books being shelved until the calendar reveals 2013.
There is no denying I adore books.
I felt a nudge over 2 weeks ago to go cold turkey.
I can’t really explain it adequately.
All I knew was that good books have kept me up until
the wee hours of the night.
I wasn’t sure I could say the same about the best book.
There have been occasions but not nearly as often as I would like.
I decided to remain fixed as I end 2012.
Some words from my last post of 2011:
I don’t need to look to the left or right,
I need to remain fixed.
I want my line of sight to be set on Him,
the One that holds the beginning in one hand
and the end in the other.
He calls me to pitch my tent in the expanse of those hands.
I counted the days left in this year.
77 days of not looking to the left or right or grabbing
hold of a multitude of others people’s words.
I want to remain fixed to His words.
I want to be found in the expanse of His pages.
Especially as my feet tread towards the coming season.
Although I haven’t been reading a lot over the past couple
of months, those first few days were a challenge.
It seemed like the blogs I visit decided to write about their favorite
books or what they are currently reading.
How dare they?! 🙂
But last night as I finished reading while Carl watched the last of
the news, I heaved the sigh of feeling satisfied by Him only.
I felt energy and urgency to keep reading.
I felt a fresh expectancy of how God might surprise me tomorrow.
One fun perk is that I am covering a week of readings in a day or two.
But it’s not all about productivity.
Some days I just linger and revel in what He has chosen to show me
because I have removed competition.
This morning I spent some time journaling about what I read the
previous day in Luke 9.
A bucket load of things happens in that chapter,.
The disciples are commissioned and
receive power and authority to heal and cast out demons,
they spread the gospel,
Jesus is transfigured before Peter,James and John,
Jesus casts out a demon that the other 9 disciples are stymied by,
Peter even declares that Jesus is Christ the Messiah,
and 5000 people are fed with a measly little lunch.
There is much marveling at Jesus
and then guess what?
The disciples start arguing about who among them is the greatest.
Things that make you go hmmmm.
Things that make me wonder about how often I witness God’s power,
marvel and then somehow spin it towards my direction.
There are times when it is necessary to lay down good things for
what is best.
It could be piles of books.
Perhaps you can’t make out the date on your calendar because
each box is filled beyond capacity.
Is there a blank day to be found?
Maybe it is too much television.
Too many status updates and time in front of a screen
consuming precious moments?
What about the noise in your life?
Do you ever experience extended silence so you can simply hear?
What is keeping you from the best?