Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Liking and Licking the Bible

"We should all have the passion for reading God's Word of the man in this story. Evangelist Robert L. Sumner, in his book The Wonder of the Word of God, tells of a man in Kansas City who was severely injured in an explosion. His face was badly disfigured, and he lost his eyesight as well as both hands. He had just become a Christian when the accident happened, and one of his greatest disappointments was that he could no longer read the Bible. Then he heard about a lady in England who read braille with her lips. Hoping to do the same, he sent for some books of the Bible in braille. But he discovered that the nerve endings in his lips had been too badly damaged to distinguish the characters. One day, as he brought one of the braille pages to his lips, his tongue happened to touch a few of the raised characters and he could feel them. Like a flash he thought, 'I can read the Bible using my tongue.' At the time Robert Sumner wrote his book, the man had read through the entire Bible four times. If he can do that, can you discipline yourself to read the Bible?"
- Donald S. Whitney

Source: Whitney, Donald S. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1991. 35.

1 comment:

  1. Wow. Amazing, convicting, inspiring. Reading the Word of God is not something to just check off the list of things to, on the contrary it is a wonderful privalege to be entrusted with & be able to study the words of the King of Kings. This guy sooo got that, He wanted to know more about & grow in his Saviour so badly...I shared this story at school today, & something my Bible teacher brought up was that this guy probably never knew braille prior to his accident, so had to learn a completely knew language & identify it's characters in a completely new way...he coulda just had someone read it to him, but he wanted the freedom & intimacy of being able to read God's word on his own, what an example of dedication! And a reminder too not take your Bible for granted.