If you are going to spill coffee on your Bible, Leviticus is a good place for it to land. Leviticus is an important book in the Bible, but it is not where I spend most of my Bible study time.
So, this morning I got up early to finish off Leviticus with my morning cup of coffee. My hands have become less capable in recent months, so I shouldn’t have been surprised when I tipped the coffee cup.
But I panicked. I love my Bible, and this was a mess. I mopped and sopped as best I could, but there were pages that were wet. I have a really good Cambridge Bible, so the pages are strong. The gold edges did help keep some moisture out, but it was still awful. What to do?
By chance, or I believe Providence, the ironing board and iron were still set up from ironing my husband’s shirts. Why not, I thought. It is worth a try.
I set the iron on the lowest setting and went to work. The first few pages had the most damage, so I took a few minutes drying them. It seemed to be working. I then ironed right on through Joshua, one page at a time. It was quick after those first few pages.
The damage past Joshua was less, so I started ironing sections. Over an hour later, I went back to Leviticus, my Bible rescued.
I won’t ever forget where I was reading when the coffee catastrophe happened. That page has a coffee stain, but it is light and the page is in good shape. I don’t have a super spiritual connection to make from my morning activities, but I do know that while I was ironing I thought about and prayed for the Christians around the world who don’t have a personal copy of God’s Word. I envisioned the tattered books shared by Christians around the world, and I knew those Christians would understand why I resorted to ironing to save my Bible. I remembered the sacrifices made to share His Book, and I was thankful that I could salvage my copy.
My favorite Bible is in good shape as it rests weighed down by the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance this afternoon. (I thought that was a good step to take after the ironing.) I didn’t finish Leviticus, but I was able to read through chapter 23. The finale will have to wait for tomorrow. I may skip the coffee.
God’s Word is precious, and God gave it for us to study and as a pattern for life. He didn’t intend for it to remain in pristine condition displayed on a bookshelf. I guess that means that sometimes it gets baptized in coffee.
By the way, the answer to the question in the title is a resounding ‘Yes’!
Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.