Looking inward, Looking in the Word

If you have been reading a few of my posts, you’ll know that this year is a sabbatical for me, a time to reflect and look inwards. I haven’t been to church in a year because of the restrictions placed on mass gatherings so one way I’m trying to make/catch up is to attempt to finish the Bible in a year.

The last time I did this was 20 years ago or so, during which my bus rides home from university were about an hour long. It gave me ample time daily to just catch up with some naps in between (whenever my wife has difficulty sleeping, I usually encourage her to read the Bible. Haha).

One of my reflections recently was about how communing with God feels different today as compared to before. In the past, impressions from above often felt inspirational and goosebumpy. These days, there is the occasional goosebumpiness (like when you see Luke Skywalker appearing in Mandalorian, or the Millenium Falcon appearing in The Force Awakens) but rather lacking in the inspiration. I wouldn’t say that the impression is muted, but rather measured.

While it lacks in a sense of hype, it possesses a sense of stability and assurance.

God sounds like you, except with a tinge of class.

Rev Ong Sek Leang, Senior Pastor of Metro Tabernacle

Perhaps that’s the reason why. Over the years, the impulse of my youth slowly made way for the soberness of fatherhood and so too has that inner voice evolved. Perhaps that’s what I like about my faith, it evolves with me, it pursues me, it stays relevant to me, yet never compromising on it’s principles.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Hebrews 13:8

In the past, I used to understand this verse as though Jesus never changes. In light of today’s reflection, it can also mean He always changes so that He can stay connected to me as I evolve through the stages of life.

Where to next? Forward. For the Word to speak to me.

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