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Each summer when the girls were younger, I typically would leave a note on the kitchen table for my girls once they woke up – ideas for ways to spend their time other than television or computer, chores I needed them to complete that day, etc.  A few years ago at the bottom of the note I typed out something like this, “I’ll be checking when I get home so be sure you finish your chores.  I love you girls and hope you have a great day! If you’re still reading this note you’re going to be really glad you read all the way through because the secret word is peanut.  If you can tell me the secret word when I get home from work you get a surprise.  Now go do your stuff.”

When I got home I asked them if anyone knew the secret word.  They gave me blank stares and asked, “What secret word?”   “The one I left in my note to you today.”  Three girls scrambled to the table and grabbed the note.  After quickly scanning it over they all shouted “PEANUT!”  “Too late,” I said, “You were supposed to read my note so you would know.  Maybe next time.”

The next day they all read the note and all knew the secret word, proclaiming it to me triumphantly as I barely got in the door that afternoon.

I was remembering this today and thinking about God’s Word and how He might say to us, “Did you read my note today?  Did you find the secret in there that I meant for you?”  Each year that goes by the Bible is more and more precious to me.  It’s so true that God’s Word is living and active, that it helps define us, guides and rebukes us, strengthens and encourages us, gives us hope.  If I forget or don’t take the time to read all the way through the “note” God’s left for me, I’ll probably miss some wonderful secrets and great rewards.  If I read it with that in mind, with a curious, intentional eye, I’ll find something I can carry with me all day, something to teach me truth or remind me of truth forgotten, something to show me more the character of my God.

Be sure to read His “note” all the way through – there’s something in there for you.

Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.  Psalm 119:18

I rejoice in your word like one who discovers a great treasure.  Psalm 119:162