To be honest, I had been having a hard time having some quiet time to read my Bible and to spend time with God, especially with the lack of sleep of having a new born and then with all the medical complications. This is not something that I am very proud of. And I found that when I would try to read – sometimes it felt like I wasn’t really absorbing what I was reading, which is really discouraging because then I would just feel guilty and the desire to have quiet time would lessen or I would feel frustrated because I would feel like God isn’t teaching or revealing anything to me through His word. But I read this quote the other day and it really challenged me to keep reading. It’s nothing new and I have said this to other students before (although definitely not so eloquently)… but it really renewed my passion for the Word.
Have you ever felt the same way? I hope this will give you the same encouragement it gave me.
“Do not think you are getting no good from the Bible, merely because you do not see that good day by day. The greatest effects are by no means those which make the most noise, and are most easily observed. The greatest effects are often silent, quiet, and hard to detect at the time they are being produced.
Think of the influence of the moon upon the earth, and of the air upon human lungs. Remember how silently the dew falls, and how imperceptibly the grass grows. There may be far more doing than you think in your soul by your Bible-reading.” J.C. Ryle