It was one of those infamous, dark, dreary, damp and cold Michigan afternoons. A day only a Michigander could define as “normal” and be satisfied! It was Monday, so that means that the one and only, Ms. LaRue, was in attendance at the ongoing “Magic Show” at Doorway to Recovery. As a matter of fact, this particular performance included a sumptuous chocolate cake, loaded with fat and calories just begging to be eaten and added to the circumference of any waist that happened to pass by! It was a birthday celebration for the head magician and abra-ca-dabra… just like that he was another year older! The cake was a gourmet addition to the event.
Suddenly Boom-Boom realized there was a small, very unusual book lying on the desk where she sat consuming cake. The book had never been there in prior meetings. It’s cover was made of beautifully burnished olive wood that had been polished to a silky smooth finish. It had an unusual artistic design burned onto the front cover, and the back cover simply had the word Jerusalem burned into it. It was far from elaborate and had an almost primitive allure. It seemed to be inviting someone to pick it up. It looked sacred, and was truly intriguing! What was this book about? What secrets did it hold? This profoundly simple yet strangely unique work of art was compelling, and Boom-Boom felt obliged to pick it up and hold it. It was so handsome on the outside. It was smooth and it seemed as though it was always meant to be there. This little treasure had recently been presented to Mr. Burchell in appreciation for the guidance he had given the giver’s sister. She had come from Colorado to present it to him, but the book originated in Jerusalem. It was indeed special… gorgeous to look at and comforting to hold while gently rubbing the cover. However, upon closer inspection, it proved to be even more beautiful and compelling on the inside. The outside, unbelievably, became almost irrelevant once the contents were revealed. The true meaning and beauty came from within and it overshadowed everything else… everything! It was the New Testament! You will find absolute truth and beauty within it’s pages. Absorb it!
Although the outer beauty initially attracted attention, it was the material contained within that was truly compelling and profound! Like you, it is what’s inside that really counts! This book will captivate you. You are a Divine Being, and as such, let the truth and beauty from this book radiate from you. Live by this book and that force will be a guiding light for those around you. A beacon of hope! They will take notice.
So, now that particular book has taken up residence there on the desk as a visual reminder of the precious privilege we have… the privilege of having constant access to God and His word. It is free and it will free you. Help yourself! Boom-Boom knows where it’s at!