Y'all. Y'ALL! It's 9:13pm and I've found myself inspired. And yea...I get that it's not that late and what's the big deal....lots of people do their "thing" after the day is over, the dog is fed and the kids are in bed. BUT NOT THIS GIRL. I'm strictly a mid-day inspiration kind of girl. That slump from 10am-2pm that hits most people? That's MY JAM. That's my happy time when the words and feelings flow not the night time hours, well at least not since college. And you know what has me so inspired right now? Two things: this song and the book of Mark (as in the Bible book of Mark).
AH! I can't stop listening to this song...it's just....it's everything. I'm listening to it on a loop so to get the full effect of this post just got ahead and pull it up on Spotify and then we will totally be jiving. You'll be reading to the music I was writing to.....wwwwhhhAAAAttt?? (proper pronunciation: low toned wwwwwhhhh followed with high pitched AAAAAA and then basically don't even say the tttt).
It is possible that perhaps this "late" night hour has me really easily amped up by the song thing. Apologies.
But the real thing, the meaty stuff I have to type with you about is this: the Bible doesn't lose it's richness. It doesn't matter what season you are in, or what your background is--this is the real thing, and it just keeps getting better. I've been reading through Mark real slowly, one could say I'm marinating in it (on it?). And I'm blown away by the things I didn't know or didn't stop to think through before. First of all, I'm not totally sure if I have ever read Mark. If I have it was once upon a summer camp high when I decided to read the entire New Testament every year, and then never finished.
I put a handy little poll on my Instagram and apparently most of y'all did know that Mark was not one of the 12 Disciples....so....whatever man, y'all are all better than me. ANYWAY. Other than that,(which was mind-blowing enough) I'm in awe of the things Jesus said and did that I never stopped to think through. For instance: he never feels the need to justify himself or explain himself. He is fully secure in his identity and mission...which duh, obviously. But in contrast to myself, I always feel like I have to defend or explain or give some backstory about the things I do or say or who I am. It's not like I walk around hating myself, I think I have a pretty healthy self-esteem, but I also deeply want to be understood and accepted (and fear being misunderstood or misinterpreted). Instead of giving all the explanations and giving the big picture idea, Jesus just says "Follow me." Boom. Just "Follow me." Because he knows who he is, and what he was here to do. What if I could be that confident in God's leading and calling in my life? What if I was THAT sure of the truth at all times? What if I was THAT secure in who God is? It wasn't like Jesus was void of emotion, we see him building friendships, ministering, and deeply feeling joy and loss all over the Bible. He took time to speak and dwell, he wasn't cut throat, rushed, or task oriented. But he didn't waste his breath either. Truth is truth, the Savior saves, and when he calls--you follow.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of all the things I'm learning and relearning about Jesus as I read through Mark. I'll continue sharing what I'm learning in future posts. For now, I hope that some of my excitement for Scripture may rub off on you too.