When I entered seminary, in the Fall of 1997, I was…Biblically illiterate. No joke. I knew almost NOTHING about the Bible. I knew there were two Testaments- an Old one and a New one. I new that there were four Gospels- Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. I knew that the first book of the Bible is Genesis while the last book of the Bible is Revelation. And that’s about it! There were SO many things I DIDN’T know about the Bible, about theology, and the language that goes along with all of that. I have shared before a particular term- exegesis (pronounced ex-a-jesus). It is, basically, reading the Bible and letting it speak for itself, rather than forcing preconceived ideas onto it. One day, the professor told us a story about a seminary student he once had who thought that they were saying “exit Jesus”. The student wondered why in the world they would be focusing on Jesus exiting! Everybody in the class laughed…but me!
For the first semester at least, I was a stranger in a strange land. I NEVER felt I really understood what we were talking about. I ALWAYS felt that I really didn’t fit there. In fact, at the end of the first year, I got a really LOUSY 1st-year evaluation.
But then…something happened. Things started to fall into place. I started “getting” it. I had the proverbial “aha” moment! So much so that my SECOND year evaluation was sparkling. I could do no wrong! what a difference a year made! And all because of an “aha” moment!
When was the last time you had an “aha” moment? When was the last time you had the lightbulb come on and suddenly…things made SO much more sense? Have you ever had an “aha” moment about faith…about worship? Have you had a time when suddenly things that didn’t quite fit together, spiritually speaking, all come together and the epiphany happens?
Those are AWESOME…but what do we do with them? When you have one of those moments, SEIZE it! Don’t let it just come and go…do something about it!! Let those “aha” moments lead you to a deeper, more passionate sense of worship to God. Let the opening of your eyes lead to an opening of the heart, a thawing if you will that re-ignites the passion for God that smolders inside.
Thanks for stopping by- I pray you have a blessed day! Please make sure and come back again tomorrow, and stick with Jesus!