He read the Bible with his tongue
by Merry Boehi
I admit it I am lazy when it comes to spending time in the Bible. Instead of getting up and going to God first thing in the morning, I turn to my emails. And then I go to Facebook to see what all 600 of my friends are up to. At then at last I turn on the TV to see what’s on “Good Morning America.”
Why do I do this? I think I’ve gotten out the habit of practicing the spiritual discipline of studying and meditating on God’s Word. I forget that I have a book that is God’s breath, given to me. I forget that the only to way to be happy and fulfilled is by connecting with my Savior on a daily basis. That’s why I got convicted by a sermon at church by our pastor Robert Cook on meditating on God’s Word.
Robert shared a story that will forever be seared in my mind and heart is about a man named William McPherson. His story was told in a book by Robert L Sumner, The Wonder of the Word of God.
McPherson had lost his hands and eyes in a dynamite explosion. He found it difficult to face a world of darkness, and God’s Word became extremely important to him. He wanted to read the Bible, but he couldn’t read Braille with artificial hands. He tried to read the raised letters with his lips, but the dynamite had seared them until there was no feeling left in them.
One day he discovered that he could distinguish the letters with his tongue. As he sought to learn the Braille system, his tongue became sore and so raw it would bleed. He would stay up all night just to learn a new letter or two of the alphabet. He prayed to God for grace and help to learn.
Over a period of 65 years spent in darkness, William McPherson read through the Bible through FOUR TIMES with just his tongue!
He took literally the words of Joshua 1:8-9, in which God says: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Robert explained that as we meditate on God’s Word, it’s like a tea bag sitting in hot water-a warm, delicious flavor permeates and comforts our body and soul.
Here are some questions to ask yourself as you read through a passage of Scripture:
1. How is God inviting me to live out this truth?
2. What does it say about my everyday life in today’s world?
3. What is the Holy Spirit teaching me through this passage?
4. How is God using me to show this truth to the people I encounter everyday?
I hope you are inspired by the life of William McPherson as I was. He saw that there is nothing more precious than God’s Word. It’s not my emails or my Facebook page that I need to begin my day, but God’s word to give me the right perspective to face a new day.
My prayer is to remember the story of William McPherson and to follow the words of Psalm 34:8, which tells us, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”