I decided this year that I wanted to read through the bible Chronologically and Youversion has some great plans. I know we're just into March, but so far, so good. I've also been using Rhys Children's, Bible to read through with the boys; it's written in a kid friendly, kinda' comic book fashion and touches on the main stories. On most days, the boys are an avid audience and it's been interesting to hear their comments but I'm pretty sure; actually quite sure, that the whole exercise means more to their mother.
Admittedly, my eyes glaze over and my brain fogs when I reach those verses that lay out who begat who....but now that I'm done Job and almost all of Genesis I'm reminded again of how very.....human.....these people were. The great men and women of faith are, well, like us, and I find that hugely comforting. They didn't get it all right. They did stupid stuff. They doubted and complained and yet God's faithfulness wasn't, and isn`t, dependent on what they did, but on His plan to redeem His people.
We who call ourselves Christ followers all have our "fleeing Egypt" stories; that first feeling of sweet relief after being released from the years of slavery; can you remember that first taste of freedom when you accepted His gift, undeserved and freely given?
We've all come to our "Red Sea" moments when we've dared to look around at the mountains and and back at the pursuing army, and railed and complained.....actually wished we were back within our comfort zones, esconced in whatever held us captive. Maybe that's just me.......
What I've loved about reading again these historical events is that I find myself in there. I find myself and I see God.....and am reminded anew of His forgiveness, love, mercy and grace that know no end.