Until recently, I'd never given much thought to Scripture. As spiritual as I thought I was all this time, I found little insight in the Bible. In every prayer group I attended, what people shared about a line of Scripture always sounded the same to me. "God loves us. I get it. Eye roll." I just seemed to gain more from self-help books and motivational speakers.
Despite my disdain and resistance—in time, silence, and prayer—God sent his Scriptures after me.
The woman that I gravitated towards for spiritual guidance would often read from the Bible in our meetings. It made me curious as I began to hear bold reflections coming from the very same passages I had once brushed off. “Where is she getting these conclusions from?” I wondered. I watched in awe as I realized she had no notes to read off. She was reading the word of God and drawing beautiful, intelligent teachings all on her own. Nothing pretentious and everything profoundly, irritatingly applicable.
Ironically, when the year began and I gathered my own prayer group together, I was given the task of choosing weekly scriptures for our group to meditate on. I was told one of the most effective ways to reading and understanding the Scriptures was to stay disciplined with prayer. In turns out, prayer leads to the clarity that truly frees and unravels the meaning behind these words.
Anyone can read the words in the Bible, but when your heart and mind are open to God's wisdom and love, you will begin to understand the profoundness dressed in simplicity.
I didn’t really understand the Scripture, but in all honesty I didn’t care to. Looking back, even if I did, I confess that I did not have the open heart or mind to receive their blessing. Through prayer and constantly exposing myself to Scripture, I experienced a shift in perspective, or what some may call a miracle. There can be depth in what appears to be plain—should you open your mind to receive it.