I don’t know if "virtual Bible study" would be the phrase or not. We didn’t use Skype or Conference Now or even webcams but we did have a long distance Bible study last night with Randa’s son, Jaylon. While the wind chill factor in Brookings, South Dakota, was approaching the point where geese get their feet frozen in the water and fly away with the pond, that didn’t seem to interfere with cell phone and satellite signals. With speaker function activated and our Bibles and concordance on the table, we studied some select passages together.
We began by looking at a few scriptures Randa had selected for our focus. Okay, once we realized that she’d intended to write "Romans 15" instead of "Romans 5," we focused. As we talked about our lives and concerns and shared thoughts and ideas, we addressed the things that pressed upon us. Rather than relying solely upon individual insight and worldly wisdom, we responded to the leading of the Spirit and found exactly the things that we needed to read and hear and ponder. After the hour was done, it was clear that we had all come to a place of greater peace.
I began reading the Scriptures when I was five or six years old. I am now approaching the sixth decade of my life. Not yet have I ever failed to gain new understanding each time I opened my Bible with an open mind and open heart. The teachings of the Testaments have not lost their pertinence nor have the words of the prophets lost their power.
Nor has God’s Spirit lost his love of leading those who seek the Lord.