Let’s just call me a chicken and jump to the fact that my husband is terribly deprived of having company when it comes to watching scary movies. I have watched less than a handful of these painfully troubling things in my life which have resulted in me still being afraid of showers, bridges, closets, and mirrors…nearly 15 years later! Apparently I don’t handle them well.
The soundtracks! It’s the stinkin sounds! Once I was in the other room and could hear the scary movie Kyle was watching. Within the first 20 minutes, with fear and trembling, I walked into the living room and kindly handed him a laptop and headphones and asked him so sweetly if he would watch it on the laptop so I didn’t have to hear the scariness!
But…I am capable of reading semi-scary books!
Something about reading softens it for me. I can block out the gore…or the scary eyes…or make the creepiness look like flowers and chocolate milk in comparison to what a movie producer would come up with.
It’s proven to be a good technique for my life! However, I realize sometimes it carries over to the Bible. I read the words, but I don’t let the reality and the pain set in about what actually happened. Not something I would say is beneficial!
Recently I have been praying for the Holy Spirit to illuminate the Word as I read it. That I wouldn’t be numb to certain scenes. That I wouldn’t rush past beautiful images of faith. That I wouldn’t blow through passages I’ve read time and time again.
I have been praying over this blog and the people reading it. That it would somehow encourage people! Or person! Even one person finding some sort of encouragement from this would make it worth it!
Let me be the first to say that I am not a biblical scholar. I have studied psychology for years and years. I have never been to seminary. I mean, heck, I don’t even speak Greek or Hebrew! Sorry! But I have a relationship with Christ and I desire his word.
While I was praying an idea was laid on my heart. This blog is called Noes to Knows. If you’re just now checking in with us here and you missed the first post (Hello!) let me briefly recap…
The noes in life, for me at least, are the struggles, our trials, our heartbreaks, our pain. Whatever it may be. We combat those noes with truth…as Christians…what we know about God. His character. His promises. His love. His goodness and so on! So in a nutshell trials and truth!
Back to my scary movie/reading talk. Exodus! I started reading in Exodus earlier this week and the words weren’t softened by my reading, but it hit a different nerve.
At the end of Exodus chapter one it says, “Pharaoh commanded all his people, ‘Every son that is born to the Hebrews you shall cast into the Nile, but you shall let every daughter live.'”
It goes on to talk about Moses’ mom. She conceived and had a baby boy. She hid him for three months and when she could hide him no longer, she made a basket, put the baby in it and placed it by the river bank. (Exodus 2:1-3, paraphrase)
(A picture from this extremely old book my dad used to read me as a kid!)
I always tell people that ages 3-9 months is my favorite. The babies are starting to smile…coo…interact with you, but think about at this stage taking your baby and sitting him by a river bank…and leaving. How hard would that be? I mean difficult, but extremely better than the alternative of what was happening to baby boys at that time.
So I thought about Moses’ mom. The strength that moment would’ve taken as she turned and walked away from her baby. She was doing what she thought was best for her child…and although the pain was heart-wrenching I’m sure, just think about how God used Moses to lead His people out of Egypt.
Sometimes we have to make difficult decisions, or are put in extremely difficult situations, and despite the pain of that moment, remember that God has a plan and He works all things for good!
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
If you are in one of these trials, I’m praying this encourages your soul!