Today, I finished a Bible study. Finally. I’ve only been working on it since September. It was a six-week study. You do the math. The group I was part of has long since stopped meeting, and I almost gave up on ever seeing the end of Nehemiah. Still, I just had to keep going. Little by little, I finally finished, and….
I am so glad I did. Here’s why:
- It feels good to finish something. I mean, looking at loads of laundry that never seem to end sometimes makes me feel like I never complete ANYTHING. Today, I have that feeling of having finished that just feels good, you know?
- Commitments are worth keeping. Even if it takes a while. Even if no one else knows or cares. You do. He does.
- Sometimes God does save the best for last. Today, on the very last page of the Bible study book was a sentence that spoke more to me than any other one I’ve read since the study started. If I’d quit, I would have missed something that might just end up on my wall somewhere as a reminder…both of what the writer said as well as of the fact there are some things that just need to be finished.
- God always honors faithfulness. I feel like that one sentence was, in a way, my reward. Well, that, and the weeks of mind-renewing, walk-strengthening, discipline-demanding Bible study itself. Believe me, it is never time wasted.
If you’re interested, the study was Nehemiah by Kelly Minter.