In January of 2012, I began a two-year bible reading plan. Though each daily reading was divided into more manageable morsels than one-year reading plans, I did not always stay on task. When all my kids were so sick with the stomach flu that I was no longer affected by the stench of vomit, I know missed a few days of reading. When homeschool, household tasks, church life, and family life seemed to squeeze every second of my time, I definitely fell behind. And within the past couple of years, there have been wilderness wanderings, where I spent more time complaining than communing with The Lord. It wasn’t always bad, but I wish I could have run this particular race better.
However, today and every subsequent day The Lord gives me is another opportunity to run. So, I reprinted that same two-year plan yesterday and began again. Surely, God will continue to reveal more wonderful things from His Word. There are no limits to the 1-year, 2-year, or 5-year Bible reading plans because in the Scriptures, there are abundant treasures to discover.
“They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.” (Psalm 19:10)
I’ve only begun to dig, and God has already displayed a shining gem on the first page. “God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day” (Genesis 1:5). What mercy from The Lord that He would divide our time so! Each day I spend is often full, but it ends in the night. And in the morning, I am promised new mercies. Despite my lack of faithfulness to reading plans and other spiritual disciplines, God’s blessings are infinite and continue to flow. He grants me the days and months and years so that my finite mind can count those blessings.
So at the onset of this new year, we can look back and be paralyzed by past failures and regrets, or we can press on with hope into the coming days that God has ordained for us. The challenges and obstacles have not yet been revealed, but with The Lord, I would rather press on.
If you are interested in the Bible reading plan that I mentioned, click here. (You will find the link to the printable reading plan at the end of the post.)