Years ago, as a young family, it was necessary to find the most affordable places to shop. We needed to stretch our few discretionary dollars. Then we found 2nd-hand-stores!
When I began shopping the thrift
stores, it was not cool to do so. When asked, I would resist giving details on where I had found that cute pair of jeans, shoes, etc. But, today stores like Goodwill (which a friend and I have dubbed 'GW') are bustling with shoppers eager for the hunt hoping to find that great treasure.
I shop all the areas in GW because, as my husband gleefully refrains while pulling into GW’s parking lot, 'You never know what you’ll find.' But one of my favorite sections is the book corner where hard copies are plentiful and generally cheap. Some books are beaten up, and others are like new, but still, it's finding that special treasure that we enjoy.
The outward quality of a book helps you recognize a hidden treasure. Those books that are beaten up, spine broken, touting many dog-eared pages, highlighting and notes-to-self everywhere actually give evidence of their worth. They have been dissected and digested. Maybe they were pivotal in a woman’s life, giving up their secrets from deep within those studied pages. Those words offered by another - marked because they significantly met someone else in their journey - create a new found wisdom and understanding.
Still other books, although purchased with intent remain unmarked - looking like new. Did their inspiration remain locked away? Was that chance meeting of author and reader left unexplored and unrealized? Do you have such a book? Is it the Bible?
Our days are overwhelmed with to-dos. For most of us, the list each day is longer than any effort could accomplish, yet we feel compelled to sacrifice our spiritual health for the attempt. Why? To say we finished those tasks? Will that matter tomorrow when a new list appears?
There is one Author who waits. His book filled with wisdom, spiritual secrets that exist to give strength for the days ahead. There encouragement is not hidden but on full display instilling in us, the daughters of the King, power unimagined.
So, grab a comfortable place when there's a break in the rushing. Sit down with your Bible and ask Him for an open mind. Then read, pray, or just listen for His voice for five minutes. Don't be discouraged if you can't quiet those hurried thoughts. It will come with practice. God counts all our effort as good and rewards it's desire. One day, that book you are holding will have become weathered, worn, perhaps lavishly inscribed with words spoken between you and God. Either way, that old book will be recognized as of great value.
In our current reading, Embraced, Lysa writes:
“It is very early in the morning. Though my body begs me to go back to sleep, my soul stirs to get up and talk with Jesus. Although I can’t physically see Him, I know He is present.”
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