Welcome to the place where my reveries burst out from ink, soak into my skin and settle in my daydreams. Welcome to my reading corner. Continue reading “welcome to my reading corner.”
For most of my reading life, reading and resting have been synonymous to me. Lazy Sunday afternoons conjure up images of pyjama bottoms and slouchy jumpers; a cup of tea in one hand and a good book in the other. Reading has been a restorative thing; a means of relaxation and of peace. It has been the plug point in which I recharge myself, and the energy supply I crave in my introvert time.
Then came along university and a history degree.
A history degree is basically a reading degree. You read, a lot. Which is great, for lovers of reading, but also bad. Because suddenly, something that was a synonym for rest, becomes entangled with work, and it can be more difficult to untangle the two.
This is something that I am still working on, and have by no means perfected, but I thought I would share a few tips that I have found useful for getting back into reading for rest.
I can go months without days, living a constant night.
Sunrise is some faraway fairy tale,
A childish dream that somehow seems to pass by
Without stopping to see how far it has stretched away from me.
When one end of its elastic band circumference is eternally, wrapped around my body
And the other is pulled so far that it is bound to snap, eventually.
My weather is not delicate, soft and lukewarm.
My summer is not a light brush of shoulders in between crowded doors,
Or a gentle, light laugh that shyly forms
In low-tide waters far from shores.
“In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was brought for him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. I had not been sad in his presence before” (Neh 2:1)
Four months had passed, since Nehemiah had heard the news about Jerusalem, when he went to the king. This quite surprised me when I first read it. After the clear pain in the weeping and praying of Nehemiah in chapter 1, how could he wait so long to ask for help?
The answer is that Nehemiah had faith in God’s timing.
So this is something quite different from my usual posts. One of my personal resolutions for 2017 was to study the Bible more. I don’t talk about my faith a lot on this blog, but it is something that is so central to my life (as well as my reading life), that I want to share more of it here, so I thought, what better way to both study the Bible more, and share my Bible reading, than to make a new blog series discussing my thoughts on what I’m currently reading? I’m going to try to keep this up once a week (most likely every Sunday, as that is when I spend most time reading the Bible), as well as my usual posts, so I hope that you will still stay with me, even if you’re only interested in the other stuff! 🙂
Thank you so much to Pippa at the little book owl for tagging me to do the Mystery Blogger Award!
What is the Mystery Blogger Award?
“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma (creator of the award)