Bible studies for writers

Bible studies for writers | Numbers 4

God continues to fine tune the organization of the Israelite camp by setting up the road crew! He chooses a select few “wiser” men for the job, which I thought was a good move. I’m 48, so if I were a man (ahem) I would qualify for the team that takes care of God’s home furnishings. Now, as a 48-year-old, I can see the significance of the responsibility of that. Plus, I don’t mind cleaning and taking care of things as much as an old lady, but can I imagine myself in charge of taking care of gold lampstands and precious meat forks in my 20s? Oh, no. I’m pretty sure I didn’t even have the common sense to clean my microwave the entire decade of my 20s. Don’t put me in charge of important stuff. My house got cleaner in my 30s, though, and today, you could eat off my floors (some days). So, I see why God chose Levites between the age of 30 and 50. Good plan.

This chapter also reminded me of “hidden figures,” so to speak, not to downplay the film. (If you haven’t seen it … WOW! It fits right in with this chapter in some ways.) Hidden figures are the people who make the wheels turn but rarely receive any credit for doing it – kind of like roadies in a rock group! No, I’m not comparing brilliant black women mathematicians to big dudes who help organize stage shows for millions of people … or maybe I am, now that I type that out and read it back to myself! The point is, and I think I just made it beautifully, is that we all got a job to do, and sometimes our jobs are super, duper important but receive little to no recognition or praise. My main point to this: THANK GOD FOR THE ROADIES OF LIFE … LITERALLY!

Writing prompt: roadies

Are you part of a “road crew?” I am part of a few, I would say. Some are big. Some are small. But all have deep meaning to me and the people around me. Do I get absolutely exhausted and feel like I rarely get a thank you or a pat on the back? You bet. I’m human. I throw myself some darn good pity parties sometimes. But then I read chapters like this, and I’m reminded that I’m surrounded by other teammates doing their own things, and when was the last time I thanked one of them? Write a thank you note to one (or more) of your fellow roadies today. Let them know how much you appreciate the weight they carry.

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