Thorns on my desk

Can you find the Bible on my desk?!!?

                   

I sat down at my desk to write last Monday morning. I’m working on a talk about growing in joy for the annual convention of the LCEF (held at Gaylord in Nashville November 19-21). I have a shelf full of Bibles that I use when I write, but I also have a favorite Bible with great cross-referencing and other features I rely on.

I ran off to church Sunday without my Bible, and I knew I would find it on my desk.

It’s there alright, along with everything else that represents my heart’s desire in the last few days. There are a couple of boxes of greeting cards–I sent some just to stay in touch with dear friends I’ve neglected to call. There are travel itineraries for an upcoming journey in December–my husband’s talent for long-range planning on display. You may notice my jewelry–flung off after I returned home for a fundraising banquet last night. I serve the organization and it was an all-day affair. The computer screen dominates the desk, of course and often draws my attention away from my Bible, she said with elegant understatement! Although, let’s don’t blame the computer, because just out of view a new stack is forming on the left–built on an unfinished sudoku from the Saturday paper.
Those papers in front of the computer screen are very important. A friend shared wisdom about goals vs. desires, and how our wishes for others can destroy our relationships if we let those wishes set an agenda and become a goal.

So where is God’s Word in this snapshot of my world?

If you look carefully, you can see the gilt pages of my Bible under the stack of papers behind the boxes of greeting cards and to the left of the screen.

Jesus warned that people can have the seed of faith planted in them, but then the cares of this world choke it out. I’m grateful that I did have a time of devotion to the Scriptures first thing this morning before I sat down to work. But this picture is a pretty accurate display of the place I’ve given God’s Word in my heart in the last 24 hours.

Here’s Jesus’ Parable of the Sower in Mark 4:3-9 and His explanation in Mark 4:14-20
Mark 4:3-9 “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the aircame and devoured it. Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away.And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.” And He said to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Mark 4:14-20 “The sower sows the word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

A man at our prison Bible study shared wisdom you may have heard before, “The Bible will keep you from sin, but it’s also true that sin will keep you from your Bible!” Lord, please help me so that the cares of this world and the desires for other things stay in their proper perspective this weekend and always.

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