In The Gaps!

John 21:25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

This verse made me think a lot about the time I have spent reading through the Bible. This year I am reading through it chronologically. I have really enjoyed seeing the flow of things in this way and what things are repeated in different books of the Bible. It is really interesting though to be reminded that it isn’t a minute by minute collection of the people it tells us about. 

I have never been a diary person but there are people that write stuff in a diary or now a days they use online journals to write down what they did that day or things that are going on in their life. You can learn a lot about a person that writes these things down and keeps them. You can see what they have done, what they feel, and how they have changed over time. 

It would be impossible to write down everything you did and said during a day. So how do we choose what we write? What is important to us, what we want to remember or maybe forget. What was written for the Bible was inspired by God as we are told in …….

I guess there is just part of me that wonders, what happened in the gaps? John tells us that Jesus did soooo much more than what is written in the Bible. What lives were touched and changed by Jesus that we don’t read about in scripture? What impact did he have on peoples lives that we aren’t told about? 

The same can be said for each of us. We often focus on the “big moments” and the memorable things. Do we think about the stuff that isn’t journal worthy? Maybe the things we don’t feel are very important are important to someone else. Maybe we didn’t think about something we did that hurt someone else or hopefully helped them. To us it wasn’t worth writing but to them it may be the difference between have a good memory or a bad memory. As a teacher I wonder what kids have I let fall through the cracks. Not mathematically or academically but emotionally because I didn’t connect with them and touch there life in a positive way like I should have. 

We don’t know the gaps that are left out of the bible in the life of Jesus, but I know we will have eternity to learn about them and see the impact they had in others who are in Heaven with us.

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