The Purple Bible.

Trust in Him at all times. Psalm 62:8

Years ago, I visited the book store at our church with my fiancé after the service. My eye was drawn to these cool, boxed NIV study Bibles on a far back shelf. Through the clear plastic film within the lid, I zeroed in on one with a gorgeous amethyst cover and referred to it as ‘the purple Bible’.

Oh, let the coveting begin!

With batting eyelashes and my best captivating smile, I made a bold attempt to convey my interest in that beautiful thing. Hint hint. But even at a discount, the Bible wasn’t cheap.

He simply shrugged and responded with something along the lines of, “That’s nice.” 

A second visit to the book store had me wandering over to the shelf again where I’d last seen the purple Bible. Just for a quick glance, you know.

But, horrors! It was gone. Gone, I tell you!

No, I didn’t succumb to a humiliating heap on the tile floor over the missed opportunity, but a twinge of hopelessness came over me and my shoulders slumped. 

That purple Bible. Gone forever. 

Fast forward a little to the night of our wedding –Now, stay with me here — My husband suggested we read the Bible.

(Oh, right, dear. I thought you’d never ask)

I reached into the nightstand for a Gideon and…JOY! My gaze landed on… the purple Bible.

My purple Bible.

Without my knowing, he’d purchased it as a wedding gift. Even better. He’d had the cover engraved in gold with my new last name.

Mary A. Felkins

Wow.

In the presumed ‘loss’ of what I’d wanted, did I ever take a second to consider whether God had anything to do with this? Or that maybe He had something even better set aside for me than what I’d decided was the very best?

No.

But He did.

In loss, heartache, uncertainty, and prolonged periods of waiting, God knows exactly what He’s doing.

He remains active at all times. It’s like that activity beneath the soil I can’t see but know with full confidence will produce a harvest of something amazing in due time.

My response should be to trust without wavering.

Trust in Him at all times. Psalm 62:8a

Abraham and Sarah’s body was as good as dead and, yet, God promised an heir would come from their bodies. Without looking at the ridiculously hopeless circumstances of aged, wrinkled bodies, Abraham, did not waver in his belief. (Hebrews 11:11;12)

Then there was Mary Magdalene and the other Mary…

According to the gospel of Matthew, Jesus’ dead body was placed in a tomb by Joseph of Arimathea. And afterward…

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb. Matthew 27:61

Why? In the natural, they were likely staring blankly at what, to them, was death. Utter hopelessness. The forever loss of a ‘purple Bible’ of sorts they’d hoped would be the long-awaited, promised Messiah.

But behind that hefty stone, God was on the verge of bringing victory over death, writing history as it was intended, to produce the desired ‘purple Bible’ wrapped in resurrected skin of His son Jesus Christ.

If my desire for a ‘purple Bible’ isn’t satisfied when I want it – or at all – then, praise God, it is not His best. Maybe it was intended to bless another.

What about you? Has God withheld something only to reveal it at time when you needed it most? Are there ‘purple Bibles’ for which you are yet waiting? 

 

6 Comments

  1. Emily Conrad says:

    Okay, so I helplessly smiled reading this. What a real life romance story–so sweet! And your analogy for how God works like this is a great reminder!

    • Mary Felkins says:

      Writing it, I smiled a little bit, too. Thankful for God’s goodness, hHis terrific sense of humor, and that He teaches through anything and everything. Thanks for reading.

  2. Bill Albers says:

    What a beautiful love story. God’s love is omnipresent. He expresses it in many ways.

  3. What a precious memento, and from the photo, it looks like you’ve used your purple Bible quite a bit. Thanks for the reminder of how God uses our waiting.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      The cover, sadly, became so well worn we sent it off years ago to have it rebound. The color choices? Black (no) or burgundy (yeah, I guess so). I miss the original but its enjoying a needed rest in a memory box.

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