She blocked off the page on the overhead projector so the students could see only one sentence. Then she asked them about the verb tense and waited. A student answered her question correctly.
She remained quiet.
From my place of observation, I looked to see if she was distracted or something. No, she was silent and calmly looking around the room through intense eyes. On the next two sentences, she did the same thing. The grammar concept was challenging, and she was letting each example marinate in her students’ minds for an extraordinary length of time. I’ve never seen a teacher do that before.
What a great way to study the Bible, too.
For example, yesterday I was reading 1 Peter 2:17 (HCSB), in which Peter tells the believers:
I flew over the top of that command but then thought, Wait a minute.
Wait a minute.
To let that idea marinate for a long time, an uncomfortably long time, I did what I often do during my quiet time with the Lord –got up and started doing some housework. Folded the blankets on the couch and put them away.
Put all the remote controls back in the basket. (Why do we have so many of those?)
Do I really honor everyone in my life? That is a hard command.
Wait a minute.
Let it cement.
I let Peter’s command marinate for so long in my brain that I think it lodged there, and at least for now it’s making me mostly uncomfortable with the challenge of it.
Honor everyone? Oh boy.
This long thinking on short statements is how I study and absorb God’s word (which is why it took me three years to read my One Year Bible.) It’s also how I prefer to memorize Scripture and to be influenced by it in my thinking and actions.
Now here’s a test for you -does your morning Bible study stick with you all day? If not, try giving your brain more time to soak in a small piece of truth.