What I Know

Years ago, I helped develop a scripture study called “Simply the WORD.” My part in it was to give a short talk each week about how the particular scripture we were studying related to our everyday lives.

I felt a great sense of responsibility with this weekly task. I knew I couldn’t do it on my own and that I needed to rely on the Holy Spirit to move the pen across the paper, and as I got more tech savvy, my fingers across the computer keyboard. The words needed to come from God’s truths, not mine.

I took my “job” very seriously. I would often sit in the little Adoration Chapel near our house with pen and paper waiting for inspiration. I guess I thought I’d hear better being closer to God.

I remember sitting in the chapel one day and feeling anxious about that week’s talk. I was feeling more insecure than inspired. Then these words popped into my head, “Just tell them what you know.”

I have those words written on a Post-It note (See above) that I have prominently displayed in my office. A constant reminder of how simple, yet wise and powerful, God’s instructions to us can be.

For the next few months, (or until I’m told otherwise) I’m going to tell you what I know.

I know you should unplug the toaster before you stick a fork in to retrieve the burnt bread. I know bridges freeze before roads. (So the signs say.) I know you don’t wear white before Memorial Day. I know the square root of forty-nine. This kind of knowing isn’t what I ‘m talking about, that is what Google is for.

I’m talking about the fact that I know nature is God’s hide out. I know the Holy Spirit is real. I know that nothing I have done is unforgiveable. I know God is love. These are just a sampling of what I know. I can’t wait to tell you more.

What do you know?

Joan Carey, Firstfruits executive director, is an author and speaker with a passion for helping women grow in their relationships with God. Her Ponder This book contains a series of modern day parables sure to get you thinking about and seeing our extraordinary God in our ordinary experiences. Joan invites you to use resources on this website for daily reflection in your journey to grow in God's loving care for you.
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