Reading the Bible can be very convicting. This morning Psalm 111:2 (ESV) really caught my attention: “Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them.” The Message puts it this way: “GOD's works are so great, worth a lifetime of study—endless enjoyment!”
What’s my point? Bottom line up front: I’ve been a stick-in-the-mud. The Cambridge Dictionary defines this term as “someone who is old-fashioned and too serious and avoids enjoyable activities.” An alternate definition is “old fogy.”
Wow—not flattering, but true. For decades I have been passionate about studying God’s Word—my family will attest to that. But they can also attest to the fact that my delight and curiosity about the world around us hasn’t exactly been inspirational, especially as it relates my willingness to travel around, see different places, and enjoy new experiences. Don’t worry—I’ve always had “good” excuses: growing up, my family rarely did any travel except when my dad’s military career necessitated a PCS (Permanent Change of Station); or, I spent over three decades in the military, have traveled extensively, and I’m not looking for more “new experiences.”
Even worse, I am a chaplain/minister. This morning while researching Psalm 11:2, I came across this illustration. Hopefully, though you may not be a member of the clergy, these words will still carry powerful meaning. (https://biblehub.com/sermons/auth/hunter/new_interest_in_god's_works.htm)
You’ve heard my confession: I’ve been stick-in-the-mud. Starting NOW, this is going to change. As the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, I am going to make a conscious effort to see and learn more about God’s beautiful creation while I’m still here. (I hope my family won’t be too shocked!)
Great are His works!
PS- By chance, you’re not a stick-in-the-mud, are you?