Yeah, well, I came home with this ginormous splint thing on my foot (It goes all the way up to my knee) and, uh, no I wasn't ready to go back to work! Or walk across the room, actually. Thanks for being so patient.
You did such a great job with your responses to last Tuesday's post (Way #4 to Love the Bible) that I couldn't skip the follow-up. So here we are on Monday, pretending it's last Friday. Are you good with that?
What I would have said Friday was, first of all, Welcome GRACE and ASHER. I love the way all of you made our newest members feel right at home and answered their questions.
AND I love that we have our own "signature" -- ILYGMFMW! Makes me happy on many levels.
Most of all I love that so many of you responded to the Dream Girl way (#4) of loving the Bible. We had just about everybody on the ark represented, as well as some dreams to be other people in the Bible. You got it. Because you rock.
So you're ready to talk about the second part of #4 --
The point of imagining yourself as Japeth's wife or Noah's granddaughter is to better understand what the passage is really about. It's like this ...
Let's say we were all trapped in an elevator on the 40th floor of a skyscraper during a hurricane. (It's a big elevator) Some of you freaked out (I might be in that group, actually), but there were a couple of you who stayed calm and reminded everybody that God was there, no matter what happened. Somebody else got everybody singing "Father Abraham" (because that's one we all knew). Pretty soon there was peace and hope in that elevator, like none of us had ever experienced before.
The next day, after we were rescued, our parents and siblings and best friends wanted to know what it was like in there. We could give them the details, how hot it got and how it felt like the walls of the elevator were pressing in and so were our lungs.
But when we tried to explain the peace we felt after we prayed and sang and put our hope in God, none of us could really get it across. The people listening to us kind of went,"Uh-huh. Well, glad you're safe," and ordered pizza.
Why couldn't we describe what happened to our souls in that elevator together? Because unless a person was there, she couldn't understand what it meant.
THAT is the reason for the Dream Girl way of reading the Bible. You imagine yourself there so well that you can FEEL the meaning of the story. For example:
In the Queen Esther story some of you wanted to be in, when you are in her situation in your mind and body, you can FEEL her fear and only then can you get what a huge thing it was for her to risk her life for her people. Would you have her courage if you felt THAT scared?
If we truly got into serving at the Last Supper Jesus had with his disciples, we would see the pain in his eyes and hear the importance of what was happening in his voice. We would FEEL uneasy, maybe even frightened, and that would help us understand what happened the next day, and two days after that. In a way we couldn't put into words.
So -- going back to being a character in the Noah story -- what do you now REALLY understand because you've "been there?" What did the dove and the rainbow really mean?
(1) imagine yourself there again. Write more details in your Talking to God Journal if you want to.
(2) Stay with it until you can FEEL what happens when the dove arrives with the twig, or the rainbow appears in the sky. (3) Write in your journal what you now understand about the story -- as best you can, because it might be hard to find the words
(4) share that new understanding with us. It can look like this:
Now I understand what God was telling Noah's people that is still true for us: _________________________________
(Hint: it isn't just that He will never destroy the earth with a flood again)
I'll see you here TOMORROW -- again -- so be ready. Can't wait to hear what you learn -- ILYGMAMW. (what do you think THAT stands for?)