Jase had to get pond water and look at it under the microscope for an experiment in Biology.
He had to find specific microorganisms and draw them in his notebook.
Next, he was to get four jars and place something different in each, add pond water, wrap each carefully to keep out the light and wait a week.
Upon the end of the seven days, he was to draw water from the bottom of each jar and look through the microscope to see what he could identify.
He did very well on each slide, quickly finding and drawing what he found, except for one.
Not seeing anything on the 10x power, he switched to the 40x power and still couldn’t discover any microorganisms.
I’d noticed his struggle, but was waiting to see if he’d find some on his own.
After more effort, he looked at me in frustration.
“Mom, I can’t see anything. It must be they all died.”
I offered to look and he stepped aside.
After seeing nothing on either of the powers 10x and 40x, I switched to 400x.
It took a little longer, but I finally found what he’d been looking for.
“Hey bud, why don’t you see if you can see anything now?”
He looked and focused and was silent.
“Can you see those super tiny things that look like little dots? Watch them closely.”
“Oh! Wow! They’re moving!”
I smiled at him.
He returned the smile and went back to watching these things barely visible at our microscope’s highest power.
It turned out to be our favorite slide.
Upon reflection, I realized that “looking deeper”, the extra effort and time, was what made that slide so interesting.
The same thing has been true for my time in God’s Word.
When I was a teen I read my Bible as a duty, missing the joy and interest of looking deeper into God’s precious gift of His written word.
As an adult, I was convinced I was missing something and began reading through the Bible.
It wasn’t easy and often I’d get discouraged, but as I kept at it, I noticed a change in my heart.
God’s Word had become a joy and a source of strength, direction, and hope.
The richness of scripture had been missed by when I only spent a short time in God’s Word.
It has only been through diligent, humble reading of the scriptures where my heart has found the security and guidance I need.
I’m so thankful for the recent reminder of this truth through our son’s science experiment.
Psalm 119:17-18 NKJV — GIMEL Deal bountifully with Your servant, That I may live and keep Your word. Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Lord, let these words from Psalm 119 speak for me. Lord, please continue to teach me how to seek You through Your Word. Lord, open my heart and mind to Your truths and guide me through Your commandments. Thank You for Your mercy and grace. Thank You for all Your blessings. Your ways are perfect and Your Word endures through every generation. I love You, Jesus. Amen.