Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.


Still Truckin’

I mentioned at the first of the year that I’m joining my church to read through the Bible. We’re following a plan that reads a book from the Old Testament, then one from the New.

Here it is April, 1/3 of the way through the year, and I’m still reading. I’d be proud of that little fact (how many times have I tried to read through before?) except I’m doing it very selfishly. I’m gaining so much!

I’ve been tempted several times to stop. You know how it is. Those thoughts come creeping in. I’m reading along, seeing the laws that seem to go on and on forever and there’s a little nagger in my mind.

If you weren’t reading through, you’d have more time to do a Bible study. (I nearly fell for that one.)

You don’t have time for this. You need to get to work (or start writing or clean house.)

You’re too busy/sleepy/yada yada.

But I have continued. Not on my own, mind you. I remind myself that I am who God says I am. As I wrote those words, the words Paul wrote to Timothy come to mind. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God; a workman needeth not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Tim 2:15 (King James taught me that one when I was a kid.)

I’m a workman. Well, work woman. And I’ve been so blessed by reading the Word. I’m not sure what it is, but something about submerging myself in that love letter to me each and every day (I don’t take the days off if I can help it) has given me a clearer vision. Or maybe it’s understanding. Or maybe it’s that I’m listening closer for what God has to say.

God is who He says He is–“The same yesterday, today and forever.”

I might change with the tides (emotions, hormones, allergies hit and I’m liable to go with them) but he NEVER CHANGES. He’s all I need. He is the Savior.

He is Love.

Do you read through the Bible? Have you done it in the past? Plan to in the future? Was it a chore, or a blessing, joy and privilege?