I mentioned yesterday that I spent all day Saturday nursing myself back to health. I took my vitamins and drank enough water to drown a herd of elephants.
My favorite sick-time activities are watching movies and sleeping. The television offered me nothing worth watching. Yes, the Olympics were on, but after 12 days of it I just wasn’t interested anymore. Besides, it was so foggy in Canada that were it not for the occasional ghostly skier speeding past and NBC’s Olympic logo in the corner, my t.v. screen was completely white.
I didn’t want to go through the hassle of watching a DVD: get out of bed, look through the DVDs, make a decision (do I feel like laughing? crying? or going on an adventure?), change the channel, turn on player, insert disk, find remote, resettle myself under the covers. It’s exhausting, isn’t it?
With nothing to watch, I decided to catch up on my Old Testament reading schedule. I had fallen about 10 days behind! I had to read about 20 chapters of Leviticus to catch up. *sarcasm* I’m so glad I did, too, because March 1 started with Numbers 1, and Numbers is just so much more exciting than Leviticus. */sarcasm* I know the action picks up somewhere around chapter 11, but right now I’m force-reading.
Is anyone else feeling the same way with your reading plan this time of year? If so, then you’ll appreciate these words from An Old Testament Theology by Waltke:
Most Bible readers make at least one attempt in their lives to read the Bible cover to cover. The enterprise is surprisingly successful at the beginning as they are engaged by the irruption of God’s kingdom in overcoming the primordial darkness, the Fall, the Flood, a hostile and powerful pharaoh, the Red Sea, and a terrible wilderness. In these stories the author proves himself as having a flair for the dramatic. From the creation to the destruction of the Egyptian army at the Red Sea and Israel’s survival in the wilderness, the author enthralls his readers with action and conflict. The readers are carried along by the smooth-flowing narrative to the feet of Mount Sinai but are then unexpectedly dumped into an incomprehensible heap of case laws and curtain measurements. It is like reading Moby Dick, a thrilling narrative interrupted by a taxonomy of whale species.
I read that this morning and laughed out loud. Let’s press on! Keep reading! I’ve heard it gets better. 😉