HOW DO YOU BREAK-IN A NEW YEAR?
By Peggy Berglund
Do you have any idea how many new things should be “broken-in” before they are used? I went on line, just out of curiosity when I started to think about breaking-in a New Year. The list started with “Auto” and ended with “Yamaha Motorcycle” with numerous interesting items in between.
Getting a new Bible from my husband for Christmas made me reminisce about the “teacher-guided” instructions for breaking in a new text-book in grade school. Do people still “break-in” new books? Did your teacher demonstrate for you the way mine did for me to hold the book with its spine on the desk? The next step was to carefully lay the front and back covers on the desk – gently rubbing a finger from the top down near the inside edge of the cover. Taking a few pages at a time from both sides, that step was repeated until arriving at the middle of the book. The book was then ready to be enjoyed.
Again my curiosity was aroused and I went on line to learn which verse in the Bible is considered the middle verse. According to the sources I went to, there are two ways of arriving at an answer to that question – resulting in two separate Scriptures references.
The first way - there are 31,102 verses in the Bible (using KJV), making the middle in Psalm 103, between verses 1&2 “Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”
The second way – Psalm 118:8 has 594 chapters of the Bible before it and 594 chapters after it. Psalm 118:8 “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.”
So how do you break-in a New Year? The Psalmist spoke to his own soul, to his inmost being, instructing himself to praise the Lord. He reminded himself of all he had received from the Lord. It might be a good exercise to look over the past year, 2015, and consider all the Lord has done. Some of the experiences may not be what we would have chosen, but the Lord is able to work out all things for our good, even when it’s not immediately evidenced. The Psalmist also has a word of guidance we can claim for ourselves for 2016. We’re in the midst of political ads that have left us wondering who can be trusted – what was true in the Psalmist’s day, is true in our day – people disappoint – the Lord is our only safe refuge.
Whether your Bible is new or “weather worn”, how about breaking it in again, or for the first time, by going to the middle of it and taking a cue from the Psalmist?
May 2016 be a year of blessing, so the Lord can bless others through us.