When I was a little girl, my mom would wake me up every Sunday morning. She would dress my in a frilly, 90's-style dress, with a pair of white, lacy socks. Then, she would cart me and my sister off to church in our green car. When we got there, I would go down to the church basement and sit on the brown, carpeted floor.
I remember the children's songs we would sing. I remember some of the kids I would play with. I remember the name of my teacher (Miss Julie) and the layout of the room really well. But unfortunately, I don't remember hardly any of the Bible stories. Particularly, the ones out of the Old Testament.
After I got married, I realized that my memory of many of the other Old Testament stories was extremely cloudy. But, I honestly didn't care that much. I believed that the God of the Old Testament was mean and cruel. I believed that the Old Testament stories were too old, boring, and outdated. I believed the Old Testament wasn't even needed. In fact, I didn't understand why the Bible even had it in there! I believed that there was no need to read it, as long as I understood the life of Jesus and the truths of the New Testament.
I was so, so wrong.
Years later, the Old Testament is now my absolute favorite! I love sitting down to read it. In fact, more often then not, when I need comfort or help, I turn to the Old Testament far more than I do to the New.
What changed was the fact that I stopped believing that God was mean and cruel. Instead, I discovered how loving and kind He really was. I fell in love with the God of the Old Testament.
When I was at my job at the factory, I used to download audiobooks and podcasts to listen to, since I was miserably bored. One day, I saw a dramatized reading of the Bible for sale. I decided to give it a shot.
That one purchase changed my entire life.
During work, I would take out my earbuds and listen to the Bible for hours at a time. I discovered that the Old Testament wasn't boring or outdated at all. It was fascinating. It was filled with stories of a merciful God who helped and cared about sinful people time and time again. The Old Testament showed the true character of God. He wasn't mean at all. Everything He did was for the benefit of all peoples.
I listened through the entire 100 hours of the Bible in 4 weeks.
I am so thankful to God for that experience. I