Photo and Commentary ©2018 by Maylan Schurch
Friday, March 9, 2018

While wandering through Bellevue’s Barnes & Noble bookstore last Saturday night, I was startled to turn a corner and discover the scene you see above. I didn’t want to take the photo from the front, because for privacy reasons I don’t want to show people’s faces, so I walked past him first.

Actually, what you see does not do full justice to what I saw. Not only has this young man commandeered both the soft armchair opposite him, plus dragged over a wooden chair—both intended for the use of other customers besides himself—but he has spread out in front of him fifteen or twenty scrawled sheets of spiral-bound notebook paper.

He didn’t seem to be studying for a college class—there was no textbook nor outline visible—yet he considered whatever he was working on so important that he was depriving two other customers of seating privileges.

I’ll bet he’s a writer. And most likely an aspiring one, because a more experienced author would have settled into a less chaotic system, at least a one-chair one. No, I’ll wager that this guy was taking his first crack at the Great American Novel or something similar.

Have you ever thought how fortunate—or providentially blessed—we are that God chose writing as a way to preserve His acts and ideas for us, rather than oral transmission? Imagine how it would be if we had to depend only on stories our parents told us, which they’d learned from their parents, and their parents learned from their parents. Instead, we have 66 Bible books totaling about 750,000 written words.

And the Bible’s writers didn’t always have it easy. Some wrote under difficult circumstances—Isaiah and Jeremiah in a country threatened and then overtaken by Babylon, Paul in a prison cell chained to a Roman soldier, John in an exile’s cave in Patmos. But all wrote under the inspiration and guidance of God.

To review what our precious Bible has to say about itself, and about how to understand and use it, click the link immediately below.