I was reading the Bible the other day when a text message came through on my phone. Almost automatically, I reached for my phone. My hand hovered in the space between my Bible and my phone. What was I doing? Why was I so apt to grab my phone and so quick to pause my reading of the Word? How had I become that programmed, ready to drop my reading for a text but not ready to drop a text for my reading?
This got me to thinking. How many text messages and emails and Facebook messages do we read on a daily basis? How much time is wasted when doing absolutely nothing while Bible reading languishes because we "don't have time?" It is my constant goal to spend daily time in the Word. That is a non-negotiable in my mind. But life can still get busy and threaten to crowd out that precious and sacred time spend with the Lord. Even if it is first thing in the morning and I read before anything else begins, I will inevitably open up my Bible and my phone will ding. But what if the Bible came through to us as a text message? Would we neglect to read it then? Would we still feel the pressing in of life and busyness and many things to do? Or would we pause and take the time to read, soak it up, respond, and dwell on the message?
The more we become programmed to respond to this faced-paced electronic world, the less we become attuned to being still and knowing He is God. The fewer books we open, the less we focus on opening up the one Book we need to read most. The more we adapt to the instantaneous nature of the world in which we live, the more we give up detrimentally needed time spent basking in the beauty, wisdom, insight, love, and truth that comes through reading the Word of God. But really, we have no excuse. Because if we would read it if it were a text message, then there is no reason to abandon it simply because it is a book.