Like a grandma
Speed reading became popular in the late 1950’s. It was coined by school teacher Evelyn Wood, as she was pondering why some people are naturally faster at reading. She tried it herself first and realized it can be done and also taught. I never learned how to do it, although I’ve sometimes skimmed or scanned material to get an idea of what’s on a page. It seems there’s general agreement that a person’s comprehension is lessened when speed reading.
Sometimes we are tempted to speed read the Bible, especially when going through a reading plan. I just finished a read-through-the-Bible in a year plan, this time in chronological order. Because I had to keep up, I didn’t always take my time. I just wanted to get it done. But now that I’ve finished, I plan to go back to some of the chapters and books that merit a closer read – not that any part of the Bible doesn’t merit a closer look, but well, Numbers.
Years ago, a friend shared a good way to read the Bible, and it’s as far away from speed reading as you can get. It’s called “reading like a grandma.” When a grandma takes her grandchild for a walk, they go very slowly, examining each rock, leaf and bug they see. They stop for a closer look, ask lots of questions and sometimes just sit down and stare at the clouds or a creek.
Reading like a grandma lets us really get into the setting, place, history, people, sights, sounds and even smells. Slowing down as we read is a time for the Holy Spirit to walk with us, looking at everything and answering our questions or just gazing at Jesus together. Next time you open the Bible, grab his hand and slowly stroll through the words of life and see what you may have been missing.
Study by Tammy Tkach
First published on 25 January 2023, at www.gemsofgodsgrace.wordpress.com
About the writer:
Tammy Tkach is the Assistant Pastor of the Eugene, Oregon, USA congregation. She is a speaker and writer, and publishes a blog at www.gemsofgodsgrace.wordpress.com
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