Hi Dear Friends !
I hope you are all doing well ! It’s been already 8 months (!) since I last wrote on the blog. I terribly missed it ! The reason for my extended absence was simple- an incredibly busy internship in Toulouse, in the South of France, where I completed my Master’s degree in a pharmaceutical company. I still have my dissertation defense on September 8th (I would definitely appreciate your prayers !). God willing, right after it, I will move to Lyon for an apprenticeship in a pharmaceutical company. Having changed my career path, I need extra experience in the new field I have chosen, which means I’ll be enrolling in another Master’s degree in September in Strasbourg. My time will be split between classes in Strasbourg University and work at the pharmaceutical company in Lyon.
Anyway, I’m so glad to be back on the blog ! Writing regularly is a huge pleasure of mine and it is something that helped me, through the years, to be intentional, especially in my spiritual discipline. Today, I started “journaling” in a beautiful little notebook about something I have done in the past, as a young Christian, but that I have not been consistent with through the years: Scriptures memorization.
This summer, we went to a one week conference in the beautiful mountains in Ardèche, France, and one brother made the following remarks during a youth group study: “If there is one thing I can tell you, it is that I feel like I have wasted a lot of time in my life.”
It is something I can echo to. I have wasted a lot of time on things that were not profitable, and neglected, at times, communion with God, which caused me lots of grief. As you are reading this, please pause with me for a second. How many time do we pick our iPhones, aimlessly scrolling (sometimes for hours !) on pages, social media, and, when the evening comes, we realize that we have not spend time with the Lord, but-since we are tired, we postpone that to the day after, only to repeat the same cycle ? I am definitely guilty of that. And as the cycle repeats itself, day after day, week after week, we can grow colder toward the Lord and His Word-and that is a great danger, along with all the consequences that come with it. Is it not something worth pondering that sometimes, it is the innocent, everyday life “stuff” that keeps us busy ? This year, I realized that you can make an idol out of literally anything. As I think of all the times I have enshrined something else than Christ in my thoughts, it makes my heart cringes. Idols are so cheap. For me, an idol looks like the desire for approval from others, as well as the crave for respectability-a deadly thing. And the time spent for that idol ? Aimless hours spent seeking for finding ways to gain more approval.
As I was sitting with a brother in a conference, he gave me an advice: “while you’re young, memorize scriptures”. I want to make those words a reality-not simply bow to them and nod “Yes, that’s vital”, and leave them there. Whatever it takes, I pray-and I will need to really pray for that, because resolutions are easy to take, but I need the Lord’s help to carry on– that I will develop the habit of hiding God’s word in my heart and allow it to transform me, day after day. I want to dedicate a time, everyday, for this, and make it special.
Today, I memorized Psalm 1:
Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.
What a good place to start ! I noted in my diary the interesting fact that there is a “versus” between verse 1 and 2: “Blessed is the one who does not…” “But whose delight is in the the law of the Lord”. It might seem evident that as we walk with the Lord, we are kept from evil, but do we actually delight in the law of the Lord ? Do we meditate on it ? Or do we just appreciate the idea of it, without really practicing it? Maybe other time consuming things keep us from doing so?
I love this psalm because in a way, it is a good introduction to Scriptures memorization, by reminding us of its importance. I look forward to blog, Lord willing, about this journey of mine.