I love Dr Who. Did you know that? I do. Watched it on PBS as a kid. Watch it on Netflix now. It’s great fun. Daniel and I have lots of inside jokes based on Dr. Who.
One of those jokes is, of course, the classic “Wibbly Wobbly.” I’m sure every Dr Who fan likes to talk about life’s little coincidences or opportunities as being the result of the Wibbly Wobbly Timey Whimey nature of life.
Now, what exactly does WWTW mean? It means, as The Doctor said, that time is not linear, and that since it’s a great big ball of “stuff” a proper time traveler can go to any part of it at any time.
That’s enough TV science to get us to the point of this post.
I haven’t been in my Bible like I ought to have been. No excuses. I just haven’t been, and my “haven’t been” has been going on for quite a while.
I’m fairly sure that most of us have been at this place in our lives, where we aren’t in the Bible, but we know we ought to be. (For someone stumbling on this, “in the Bible” is churchese for reading the Bible every day, praying about what we read, and attempting to apply it to our lives.)
One thing that hangs me up, when I’m not in the Bible, is knowing where to start back up. Is it just me, or are you like that as well?
I want to just pick up the book and read it, but I don’t know where to start. Poetry? But what if God has a lesson for me in the epistles? Epistles? What if the thing God is really trying to tell me is in the histories? I stare at the Bible, I don’t know where I ought to start, and then I have to get in the car and pick up my kids from school, or go to a meeting, or whatever else.
And so I don’t get in my Bible. Sure, I pray a lot. But I’m not listening to God speak in his word. (That sounds so churchy it makes me gag to say it, but it really is the best description of what reading the Bible is.)
Okay, so back to Wibbly Wobbly. I was doing whatever it is I do all day yesterday, and all of a sudden I realized that the Bible is a really a bunch of Wibbly, Wobbly, Timey Whimey Stuff.
It does NOT matter where you pick it up.
Every part of the Bible is God’s message to me (and you, of course.) All of it is exactly what he wants us to hear at ALL times.
There is not one part of the Bible that is ever the wrong part to read.
The Bible is not a linear message to us from God that has to be read at the appropriate time of our lives or we will miss the greater blessing of what he has to teach us. It is a big, fat book of RIGHT NOW. All of it, or any of it, completely appropriate for this moment.
But…you are looking back on all of the times when what you were reading in an orderly manner was exactly what you needed at the time. Of course it was. It couldn’t not be. The same way that if you had happened to be reading something else at that time, it would have also been exactly what you needed.
The Bible should be read and meditated over daily, and the more organized you are about it, the more you will see and learn.
But, if like me, you have been out of the Bible for a while, there is no wrong place to start back up. Every word of it is a message from God to you (and me) that he would love for us to read right now.