Thursday, October 2, 2008

Making Camp

Search me, O God,
and know my heart!
Try me and know my
thoughts! And see if
there be any grievous
way in me, and lead me
in the way everlasting.

Psalm 139:23-24

One college summer I decided to memorize Psalm 139. I can’t remember why this particular psalm except that I liked the idea of being known before I was born! Along with memorizing I would journal my thoughts and pray over the sections. I never anticipated my life being radically changed.

Writer Diana Clancy talks about knowing something so well it “makes camp in you.” The same holds true with memorized verses. When a verse makes camp in you it settles in for the duration of one’s life. Turning ten my parents challenged me to memorize 32 verses in the book of Proverbs. As each verse made camp I would say them to my mother telling her what I thought it meant. To this day, those verses are still camping.

Be careful, however, what verses you want to make camp! Anticipate that if you take on a verse about life change, life changing events will happen. If its verses about God’s forgiveness know that confession is around the corner. Expect when you set out to make camp with some verses for God to show up!

My college summer and the end of Psalm 139 coincided. As these verses made camp I kept being reminded of thoughtless words spoken to specific individuals, one whom I hadn’t talk to in over a year. I had been searched and found grievous!

Looking up the individual that kept joining my "camp" site, I apologized. Fortunately I was forgiven because as it turned out, God did show up and we were married a year later.

God, my heart is open to you.
Search me.
My thoughts are muddled.
Know me.
Show me what has hurt you.
Forgive me.
Lead me, God to your glory.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have always disliked (actually hated) camping. However, you have given me a new perspective today!
Isn't is wonderful to think that though we may be painfully challenged by scriptures...the end result that God intends is for our good.