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EYES OF A DETECTIVE

If you are a Bible reader I am sure this experience has happened. You are reading a section of scripture that you have . read countless times before. It's old and familiar. You have plowed this ground repeatedly. Suddenly you see something that you have never seen before, a nugget of golden truth in plain sight. In amazement you exclaim, "I never saw that in the Bible before!" Then you begin to wonder how something so plain could ever have been overlooked. For years you had seen the words without ever really seeing them.

One should read the Bible with the eyes of a detective. Focus on what you are reading. Sir William Osier, the eminent physician, always sought to impress upon young medical students the importance of observing details. While stressing this point in a lecture before a student group he indicated the bottle on his desk. "This bottle contains a sample analysis," he announced. "It's possible by tasting it to determine the disease from which thepatient suffers," Suiting actions to words, he dipped a finger into the fluid and then. into his mouth. "Now," he continued, "I am going to pass this board around.

Each of you taste the contents as I did and see if you can diagnose the case." As the bottle was, passed from row to row, each student gingerly poked his finger in and bravely sampled the contents. Osier then retrieved the bottle. "Gentlemen," he said, "Now you will understand what I mean when I speak about details. Had you been observant you would have seen that I put my index finger into the battle but my middle finger into my mouth." .

Good Bible reading demands an observant eye. Keep your mind alert. Ask questions of the text. Reflecton what you are reading. Get a will behind the eye. As Clarence Edward Flynn has said:

"Discoveries are missed each day
By men who turn too soon away."

John Gipson
Little Rock, Arkansas