Monday, July 14

I grabbed an antique black leather Bible off the bookshelf in the living room this morning, too lazy to go back upstairs for my trendy pink and brown one - also fearful of waking the five kiddos who were sleeping in heavenly peace!
I was surprised and pleased to see the 1885 Bible was marked in. Notations made. Portions of scripture underlined. Dates added in. Nothing is worse than an old Bible without a cracked binding, sporting a spotless interior and the knowledge that it was never read, its wisdom untapped by generations past. This morning, with kiddos sleeping and a hyperactive Great Dane licking away my solitude, I read in Romans.
"He staggered not at the promises of God through unbelief: but was strong in faith, giving glory to God."

As I kept on reading, that particular sentence blazed in my mind and I went back and read it again. And again.
The writer is speaking of Abraham and his faith. If you are familiar with the story of Abraham, you'll know that God promised him a child in his old age by his wife Sarah, who was also very old.
Now I'm a facts kind of girl. I like to know how exactly things stand. I like the straightforward facts of a situation. For better or for worse, they are solid, permanent... factual! At least thats how most of us think and how culture encourages us to think.

Earlier in Romans it says that Abraham didn't consider the fact that his body was dead because of his age nor the fact that his wife's womb was as dead.

Facts don't matter to God. His hand isn't rendered powerless because of what a doctor says, an employer says or the current statement of the economy. Banks may continue to fold. Big oil may continue to grow. The dollar may drop even more drastically in shadow of the euro. God's promises will still prevail.
So while you are all starting your week, dragging your feet on this Monday, remember that facts don't matter to God. There are so many situations in my own life where I'll be reminding myself not to stagger at the promises of God.


Amy said...

Thank you a beautiful post, Hannah. :o)

Andrea said...

I just posted about this the other day.... I like reading your thoughts as well.
I "inherited" my dear grandmother's bible when she died in June. It is such a treasure to me!! All her clippings and underlinings of a Godly woman!! Old bibles tell great stories.
blessings to you as you start this week.

Lynn Hasty said...

Ah, a well-loved bible...

Just wanted to drop in and say *thank you* for posting the Orange Julius recipe. We made them today and they were a great hit!!


Nikki @ Saving For A Rainy Day said...

Thank you for a beautiful post!
A nice reminder to know that God always has the final say : )

Sweetpea4kids said...

Thank you for a very touching post.

Renee said...

Such a good post and reminder. Helps us to be reminded that we need to put our trust in God and not the things of this world. Hope you have a wonderful day!