Learning to Use the Sword
SHIELDS and swords and boots and maps and gold and bows and bombs and hookshots and boomerangs and Ocarinas- that Link fellow must have some deep pockets.
Legend of Zelda fans know these games are about exploration and collecting stuff. Sometimes a lot of stuff.
The same basic plan exists in all the Zelda titles be it on Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii or Wii U- there is a land to explore and a mission to complete.
The collected items aren’t just for decoration though. It’s highly unlikely Link was just going to grab Majora’s Mask to take home and put above the fireplace to have as a talking point when friends come round.
There’s a purpose to each thing- you get something in order to complete a task, save someone or get another item.
Now take that Bible of yours from out the drawer and think of it like a Zelda game.
Yes, yes, there are less chickens in the Bible than are scattered throughout the land of Hyrule, but go ahead.
Take that Bible and explore it. Go for a wander through it’s pages, searching, hunting and picking up treasures along the way.
There’s a distinct advantage the Bible has over Zelda. Parts of Link’s map remained locked until you open up a certain area or solve a certain riddle- not so for the Bible.
It’s open all access. You can flick from Revelation to Exodus, 2 Peter to Lamentations via Malachi if you like, and there’s nothing to stop you.
As you read you will find that by collecting “items” (ie. pieces of information from God, even bits of history) you will be able to better understand and perhaps “unlock” other areas.
It’s also a life-changing thing to do.The Word of God is a powerful thing and works on our minds and souls.
We might not always see the effects straight away but long term, the maturing effect of God’s word will come into play, as it will when faced with a difficult situation
You’ll note the encouragement at the start was to physically pull the Bible from a drawer. You may wonder, why don’t I just read it on my phone or online?
Good point- go ahead, there’s nothing wrong with that. And yep, the Bible is available in this day and age in more forms than it ever has been.
There is a sense of adventure though about actually opening a book. Perhaps it helps you better learn the books of the Bible by having to go to the contents and turn the actual pages instead of just typing the book and verses into a search engine.
Still, use whatever works for you.
Grab it, explore it, sift through it, take some treasures away and solve some problems with it.
You don’t even have to save the game. (Although a bookmark might be handy if you want to come back to something.)
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” - Hebrews 4:12