Several years ago, while playing in a church softball league game, I slid into home plate. To be honest, I don’t remember if I was safe or out. What I remember is that a metal bat the batter had used was still lying across home plate as I slid with the catcher’s feet holding the bat in place.
When I slid into home plate and into the bat anchored by the catcher’s feet, I came to an abrupt halt and landed awkwardly on my right wrist, breaking it. One of my friends, Gary Reed, gave me a ride to the emergency room and I was taken into surgery, put under anesthesia, and my wrist was then set into place.
Of course, while under anesthesia, I don’t remember a thing about the procedure. After the procedure, I was in the recovery area, and Dr. Burgess came to see me, asking how I was. I can remember asking him when I was going in to have my wrist set and he laughingly replied that it had already been done.
He went on to say that anesthesia does strange things to people. He said that most people curse under anesthesia. I never knew that. But then he said that I didn’t curse; in fact, he said that I quoted Scripture. I was amazed. I praise God for that.
There are a few passages in the Bible about reading Scripture as a spiritual discipline. Psalm 119 is entirely about God’s Word. Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly…” They talk about more than just reading it, though. They imply that we should ingest and digest it, allowing it to feed us, and shape and mold us. After all, Jesus is called the “Logos” in the first verses of John’s Gospel, which, as you probably know, means “The Word”. As we ingest God’s Word into our lives by reading, studying, and memorizing Scripture, we are allowing Jesus to fill us more and more.
I’ve always loved reading and studying the Bible. I wholeheartedly believe in memorizing Scripture verses. It has the power to transform as God’s Word comes alive within. To that end, during my devotional time this morning, I have been prompted to commit to memorize Colossians 3:1-17. It’s a long passage and most likely, will take a month to complete. But in those thirty days, I’m believing that God will do something marvelous.
Besides, you never know when you’ll be under anesthesia.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:1-2)
The verses you are memorizing contains the scripture I was telling you about Sunday evening (Col 3:10). The NLT version: “Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and BECOME LIKE HIM.” The last three words are the ones that jumped out at me. We can become like our Creator – The God of the Universe? Wow.
I commend you on your commitment to memorize scripture. Although I read my Bible everyday, several times a day, I have found that memorizing scripture is more difficult than one would imagine. The Bible is just so rich. It’s hard to take it all in, which is why we need to release the power of the Holy Spirit living in us. Only He can cause us to retain the scripture we’ve read.
My dailly praying and Bible reading are two things that I know have enriched my personal relationship with God. I shutter at the thought of how far away from Him I would feel if I hadn’t changed (increased) my reading and prayer time.
I’ve always loved Scripture memorization and have done it sporadically over the years. The Holy Spirit certainly can help us internalize those passages and then help us recall them at moments throughout our lives. Butt I also think that we all have the capacity to memorize Scripture. We memorized spelling words throughout our school years and memorized our multiplication tables. We memorize important phone numbers and addresses. We can memorize Scripture verses as well. I think it is easier for some folks than it is for others, to be sure.
Aside from the Scripture memorization, I’m praying for more of the Holy Spirit in my life. I want to know His heart and His thoughts. I want my thoughts and desires to be His, and His alone. I am so selfish and in so many ways.