Picture with me, if you will, a mine. Mines have one yield. You aren’t likely to walk into a copper mine in the UP of Michigan and come away with emeralds. (Unless of course when they turn the lights out in the mine to show you how dark it is, you pop them off your neighbor’s ears. WAAY different blog!)
To me, God’s Word is like a mine. I want to get in there and get “dirty” scrubbing off the veins and start shining the light onto what I’m reading. I long to just dig deeper! I would that I could literally roll in it – cover myself with it from head to toe – and then look again. Every time I come away from being in the Word, I’m astounded and amazed at how deep it is, how rich it is and the fullness of its yield.
Many of us have been convinced that the Word is simply too heavenly minded to do us any earthly good. We have bought into someone’s lie that the Word is too fragile for us to just get in there and wallow around. (Let alone ask hard questions of it!) I used that term once for being in the Word – wallow. I offended the person to whom I was speaking. She said, “That’s the Word of God you’re dealing with there.” I smiled and said “I know. It’s SO full of good and wonderful things. I just want to plumb the depths of it.” She said, “You don’t WALLOW in the Word of God.” I said, “Oh yes Darlin’ I do! AND I don’t do it enough!”
YET…because it is a living Word, for those of us that are new to the Word or not quite ready to wallow in it…there is still an amazing harvest to be had. You don’t need to pull out the lexicon, the Interlinear Bible and four different translations to get jewels from the Word. Those are the tools of wallowers or folks that have been mining awhile. The things that they are pulling from the mine are different from those that are digging on the surface – either way, those who seek shall find – and both will bring forth jewels. Precious, precious jewels.
For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, BUT My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, and My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” says the Lord who has compassion on you. “O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in antimony, and your foundations I will lay in sapphires. Moreover, I will make your battlements of rubies, and your gates of crystal, and your entire wall of precious stones.”
Come on in – wallow with me and let’s see our Lord give us foundations of sapphire, battlements of ruby and walls of precious stones!