Saturday, June 12, 2010
Back to The Bible
First of all - I realize that I haven't posted my project 365/reading list from April OR May. You can see all the photos by clicking on the flickr badge to the right if that interests you. As far as the reading list - I haven't been doing much reading the past couple of months. I go through spurts where reading interests me or not - it would seem I'm not currently interested.
However - I am doing a lot of reading in June. I'm picking back up on my "Read Through the Bible" attempt that I started almost a year ago. The goal then was to finish in 40 days - that obviously didn't happen. I did make it to the beginning of Psalms though - so I'm picking up there and aiming to read large chunks until I get to the end of the Revelation. I read through all of the reflections I wrote up last summer before I picked up in the Psalms - and I hope to resume posting reflections here as I work my way through the second half of the Bible.
However - for today - no great reflection, just a verse that made me smile. It is common to hear that God is the "father to the fatherless" and the "strength to the weak" - that He provides a refuge to the hurting and that he cares for the orphans, widows, and poor - - but here is a "need meeter" verse that I've never before noticed:
"God settles the solitary in a home" (Psalm 68:6a, ESV)
Other translations have solitary as "lonely" or "homeless." KJV has "solitary" - but replaces "home" with "families."
A quick glance at the Strong's seems to say to me that "solitary" is an accurate word there. That it doesn't necessarily mean lonely or homeless. I'm not Biblical language scholar though.
But - I love that it has solitary - - because there's a need/condition to which I can relate. The need for a solitary person to have a home and a family - - regardless of if that person is lonely or not. Because, while there are times in life where I can feel lonely - I don't call myself lonely. However - solitary I am - or was - but God has provided a home and a "family" for me that makes my life not-so-solitary. Sometimes I wish for solitude - but mostly I really enjoy this life God has blessed me with.