We take it on faith that God whispers to us in our everyday lives and all we have to do is stop and feel God's presence.
We accept that God can and does talk to us through other people, who don't even know we've asked the questions they answer for us.
And here's maybe the most "out there" belief of all: we have no doubt that a book actually speaks to us. An object that isn't alive, doesn't breathe, doesn't have a tongue or lips or vocal chords tells us the truth.
I'm obviously talking about the Bible which talks so clearly to us, it's even called "The Word." All the answers we need are in there. And not only that, but when we read it, we know that other people have lived through what we're going through AND we get who God is.
So why is it, then, that we walk around clueless most of the time, thinking that if God would just come into our room while we're having quiet time and SAY something we would do exactly as we were told and life wouldn't be so hard? Why is that?
I don't think it's because we don't KNOW the Bible speaks truth to us. I don't even think it's because we forget it. We don't. I think it's this:
We don't always know how to LISTEN to what the Bible is saying to us at the exact moment when we need to hear it.
Maybe we do Bible studies that have nothing to do with what we're experiencing. Why are we reading about all the wars King David fought in (yawn) when we're just trying to pass math?
Maybe we've heard all the stories before so it's hard not to let our minds wander until we're thinking about tacos or something. How many times CAN you read about David and Goliath or Noah and the Ark or clueless Jonah and the Whale? What does that even have to DO with us?
Maybe the translation we have is just too hard to understand. As in, it might as well be written in Chinese.
Let's face it, picking up the Bible and reading it isn't always as appealing as the next book in a series by your favorite author. It's like, "Deuteronomy ... Percy Jackson (or whatever) ... hmmm."
In our next several posts we're going to work on finding the places in the Bible that talk about what we need to hear right now, as tween girls, and learn how to listen to what those places are saying. Your relationship with the Bible is your own now. You're no longer a sweet little baby girlfriend who just colors the pictures of the rainbow in Sunday school and makes arks out of popscicle sticks (could you ever get those to work out? I never could). It's time to make friends with the Word, and we're going to figure out how.
So, for Friday (which is Good Friday, by the way -- the perfect time), have your Talking To God Journal and your Bible handy.
And if you want to comment between now and then, tell us what part of the Bible you just do NOT get. It can be one passage, one story or even a whole book of the Bible. Just share why it puzzles you -- or worries you -- or makes you want to say, "This can't be right?! It's not fair!"
This is a safe place for your comments. Nobody is going to say, "But you're supposed to love everything in the Bible -- what's wrong with you?" We're just talking about what we don't understand, and that is something God very much wants us to do.
Or we wouldn't have the Bible in the first place.
See you Friday!