Bathtubs and Bibles
Are you a bathtub or shower girl?
Do you like standing under pelting water in a shower or sitting in a mini sea of calm waters in the tub?
Just from my descriptions you can probably tell I’m a bathtub girl. I take showers if I have no other option, but my preference is always a bath. Even when I’m in a hurry, I can take a “skinny” bath and get the desired result—cleanliness—which is an imperative for every day. But I much prefer a deep, hot, relaxing soak. When I get out of the tub, I’m not just clean, I’m refreshed, ready for action . . . or for bed.
A bath sets me up for what’s next: a full day of work or a good night’s sleep. I’m ready.
Sometimes I read in the tub.
You can’t do that in the shower!
Like most of us, I read for work, research, and recreation.
I’m also reading through the Bible.
I’m not an overachiever so I won’t make it through in a year—or anything close.
It will take me three years.
One chapter a day, every day, slow and steady.
Don’t get me wrong. I can do the quick read.
Last year, I polished off the entire Bible in 80 days.
You know what I got out of it?
I read it so fast that the only parts that stuck were the sections I had already studied.
I’m sure there are people a lot smarter than me who can read super fast and absorb just as much, but my pace is different. There are days when all I have time for is a skinny bath and a quick read. But my preference is always for a deep hot bath and a slow soak approach to God’s Word.
How about you?
Are you as dedicated to daily Bible reading as you are to daily washing?
Whether you read one verse or one book, make time to let God’s Word wash over you.
Scripture refresher: I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God. (Ezek. 36:25-28, NIV)
Prayer: God, I neglect you so often. Forgive me. I want to know you better and I want to be fully known and feel safe with you. God, will you woo me? Will you continue to pursue me until I get it? I love you, Lord. Amen.
Thank you so much for this. I have tried reading the whole Bible but I get bogged down with the old testament. I love that verse you quoted!!!
I know right? Carry on, Liz.