There are so many reasons why many of us have joined in this tradition. We take our thoughts, lessons, joys, prayers, and we spill them on to the pages of our Bibles and notebooks and tags (and more) in inks, paints, and paper pieces. We press our hearts into these pages with stencils and stamps and adhesive, but also with a deep desire to surrender all that is ours to our mighty, risen King.
On these pages, that may just look like arts and crafts projects, are layers of watercolors that blend in with tears of dreams deferred and bursts of ink sprays and splatters that celebrate victories only won in His strength.
But why take notes and worship this way? After all, we could just write these things down on regular notebook paper or share these moments with a friend. Well, of course, many of us do those things too. Worshiping God creatively is simply one additional invitation into His presence. For those of us who have gotten used to doing all the things, Bible journaling doesn’t mix well with multi-tasking. It’s an intentional move away from distractions into what we were made in His image to do, create and communicate with Him. Sometimes it is literally watching paint dry. If that isn’t be still and know, I’m not sure what is.
Thursday, the tiny robots in Instagram reminded me that I’d posted this page three years ago. At that time, my husband and I were reeling from a series of professional wounds. What had felt like a steady ground to raise our family on was crumbling beneath our feet.
We cried out, and He answered. Within days we had new jobs. When we had two weeks to relocate our lives 1000 miles, He provided friends to hug us, feed us, paint walls for us, and put our home on the market. He prepared a place for us to live and a school for our son to attend. He gave us strength for long days with to-do lists that stretched for miles. He was our portion in a valley of rapid change.
And now, as we sit in what is still a valley, I am reminded of God’s faithfulness. I am sustained once again by verses that were the still waters I needed to sit by at the beginning of our journey into this season. I needed this page and others that I reviewed this week as emotions from uncertainty began to rise again.
And I am reminded that this is why I continue to Bible journal, even if it takes much longer with a baby on board. It is a record of what I’ve learned of His character. It is my life’s journal beside His living Words. It is the colorful expression of prayers and feelings entrusted to the comfort and help of the Holy Spirit.
I am grateful to God for all of the creative friends who introduced me to this piece of my spiritual life. I pray that in your season, whatever it may be, that you are answering His invitation to spend time with Him in all the ways He is calling you to do so.