As I begin the 21-Day Challenge on YouVersion and read the book of Mark (or Marc en francais) in the Bible, I want to occasionally articulate what God is saying to me. I will share bits of the process and encourage you to check out the different Bible reading plans. Maybe one will work for you!
Eating weird stuff
John was clothed in camel’s hair.
He ate wild honey and bugs.
He spent time in the wilderness.
I wonder if he smelled funky too. John led a supernatural, “crunchy” natural life and encountered Jesus personally. In modern days, he could have his own reality show. I would have watched it, that’s for sure.
God uses unusual people for His purposes. He also uses regular people. Sinners, tax collectors, adulterers, murderers became some of the Lord’s redeemed children.
I’m somewhere wedged between the weird and the wild. Former feminist/abortion rights activist, blasphemer, scoffer, mocker aptly describe who I was before Christ came into my heart.
Everything changed in December 1997 when I invited, pleaded with Jesus to enter my sorry soul.
Eat weird stuff
My cursing days are gone and I have told thousands my story of victory and redemption. Still a HUGE work in progress, I am a new creation because of Christ!
God would have me start doing – Be more attentive to His opinion of me rather than others’ assessments of who I am.
God wants me to stop – Squandering my time. I need to recognize how the Lord wants greater intimacy with me. He does not speak to me in a distant voice.
As I read the Bible in French (with my English Bible and my French dictionary close by), I notice how the Lord uses the familiar pronoun when speaking to his disciples. He “tutoies” his followers. It’s like when someone uses my favorite childhood nickname when speaking to me. I won’t tell you what this nickname is, you have to know me well enough and you probably don’t, no offense. Most people who use this nickname do not even know how much it blesses me.
Or like when my olive shoots though young men call me “Mommy” or “Mama” and not “Mom.” I feel that they REalLY like me, they know me. I let down my guard, my facade. It’s a sacred place even if we’re laughing and being silly. We have history and are connected. My heart is warm, I want to draw closer.
The Lord is tutoie-ing ME. I’m flattered, humbled, blessed.
What does God want me to continue doing? – Read the Bible in French and English. Note the subtle differences in words. Abide, rest, listen.
This is what I learned in just eight verses of God’s Word in one day. Merci bien Mon Seigneur! Je t’aime!