It is the various readings for classes and reviews that I have found interesting, lately, because they all seem to somehow connect.
When I read the first couple of chapters of Jesus: A Theography by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola, I then read the accounts of creation in The Story version of the Bible for a Sunday School class. I read What Matters Most by Leonard Sweet, in which he discusses the relationship between Abraham and God. I then read that part of the Bible in The Story. I am reading The Good and Beautiful God for my Wednesday night class, and chapter one had some insight about the Holy Spirit that is relevant to another writing project I am working on. In chapter 3 of Jesus: A Theography, there is a discussion of man, woman, and the Hebrew word ezer that will be useful to my (tentatively titled) "Women Leaders in the Bible" Sunday School curriculum I'm writing to use at church beginning in January.
When connections like this occur, it is very hard to believe they are random; I do believe there is some meaning behind them. It has been happening with other events in my life as well. Last February my life was "interrupted" due to moving to a new town, and this fall I began going to a Bible study that had decided to use Priscilla Shirer's Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted as the curriculum for this semester. Last Tuesday I was talking to someone about the seminary her husband attended and my familiarity with it; a few days later I got some information from the seminary in the mail (I am on their prospective student list so it's not totally out of the blue, but it is only the 2nd or 3rd time I've gotten something in the mail). Today, a Facebook friend and I were apparently writing things that had to do with each other around the same time.
I think there were more "coincidences", but I haven't been writing them all down, unfortunately.
As I have been sitting here reflecting on these, I thought of two verses from the Bible:
- "For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known." --1 Corinthians 13:12
- "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." --Psalm 119:105
What has God been behind in your life, that although you could sense it, you could only see tiny pieces at a time? How did it turn out?