Something truly profound happened today and I just have to document it.
This morning, I listened to the Catholic Channel on SiriusXM radio. I was listening to the Seize the Day program on demand while tending to dirty diapers. (I needed some sort of holy distraction from the mess I was dealing with.) The host of the show, Gus Lloyd, was talking about having a scriptural resolution instead of a typical resolution. Hmmm…This was interesting. Gus said he liked to choose a verse from the bible to reflect on throughout the year. Ooooh…very cool! I had already picked a word for the year and decided that it wouldn’t hurt to add a bible verse.
Gus had picked twelve verses, assigned numbers to them, and was doling them out to listeners who called in to the program. Callers picked a number and he gave them the corresponding verse. I decided that the verse assigned to my favorite number, nine, would be my scriptural resolution. Well, as usual, my mommy duties took me away from the radio, I forgot to pause the show, and I missed bits and pieces of the program. I didn’t feel like rewinding the show back to hear if someone had already chosen number nine and decided I would just take the next caller’s verse as my own.
The next caller chose number three. (Ooh cool! Square root of 9! Math nerd alert!) Gus gave her Romans 12:2 which reads:
“Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Yes! Yes! Yes! I loved it. It was the perfect scriptural resolution for me at this time in my life. (Perhaps I’ll expound on that in a future post.) Although I’m not as well versed in scripture as I’d like to be, the verse was also something I thought I remembered hearing before.
I walked from the baby’s room to my bedroom. I needed to write down Romans 12:2 quickly before I forgot which verse I had “received” for the new year. On my nightstand sits a tiny notepad which I have used to jot down ideas and notes of inspiration that come to me around bedtime. As my eyes scanned my nightstand looking for a pen, they stopped on the notepad. This is why they stopped:
At the top of the notepad was written: Roman 12:2
(OK – it’s Romans, not Roman. But it’s the same verse. Oh and do you see some random scribbles? That might be a topic for another blog post – something about God making me a mom not because he thought I’d be a good one…Oh I’m getting ahead of myself. You’ll just have to wait and see what that’s about!)
Isn’t that the verse that I was just about to write down? No way…
I couldn’t find a pen, but it didn’t matter because what I needed to write had already been written. Isn’t that, in itself, a sort of metaphor for a faith filled life? In my head it is, but I can’t quite articulate the reasons yet. But I digress…
Metaphors aside, the fact that the verse was already written was just CRAZY. I mean, seriously, of all of the verses that the radio host could have chosen, I randomly select this one!
It just couldn’t be. I just stood there looking at the notepad for a few moments, a little shaky, just staring at the page, wishing someone was with me to witness what had just transpired. I rewound the on demand radio program back a minute or so to make sure that I had heard the verse correctly. (I may have done this three times.) There was no mistaking it. The radio show host had most certainly said Romans 12:2.
I do not really remember writing Romans 12:2. I mean, it’s my handwriting and I know I must have written it. I just don’t remember the exact circumstances that brought me to writing down this verse. Perhaps I had been moved by it when I was reading the bible one night. Or it’s possible that it was a verse I had come upon while working on a talk that I gave at a retreat this fall. I’m not totally positive. Either way, it became clear to me that God lead me to that verse a couple months back and was now urging me to continue to ponder it in the new year. Some might think this was just a crazy coincidence. But for me, it was another very reassuring piece of evidence that God is a guiding presence in my life.
I hope you can find that to be true in your life, too. Do you have a verse for the year? Not yet? Well, I encourage you to randomly pick one. Or if that doesn’t float your boat, join me in pondering Romans 12:2 this year.
Happy New Year!