It’s been an interesting experience writing out the book of Mark (part of Lent 2017 Read Together, Feast Together). I’ve forgotten what it feels like to sit and (hand)write away. We’re such a keyboard and screen generation. I have to admit that I’ve been getting more than a few hand cramps.
As I wrote in an earlier post, I assumed one benefit of writing out Mark would be to slow down the pace, the “chew”, to linger longer on the verses. That has been the case. One thing I didn’t expect however is how much certain words would pop out at me. From little prepositions to longer phrases, I’ve been finding myself underlining sporadically. These are things I missed while just reading. But mid-writing, I would halt in my tracks and think, ‘OK, how come I didn’t see that before. Let me underline that.” Nothing profound, just an unexpected pleasant surprise.
One last thing I’ve been thinking as we’ve been writing out Scriptures. 2 Corinthians 3:3 says, “And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” I’ve been encouraged by this thought, that concurrent to my writing on paper, God is writing on my heart. As I glide my felt tip pen on my notebook, the Spirit is engraving his words on the tablet of my heart.
I so want this in increasing measure. Don’t you? Left to myself, I’m just an annoying spam mail that one tosses into the trash bin. But if the Spirit writes on the tablet of my heart, I become Christ’s letter. I become a carrier of his wonderful message to the world around me – to my family, my work, and my school. May this happen to us, Lord.