Seasons of Scripture Memory
Spring: Fresh zeal and much planting mark springtime. For the memorizing Christian, this may be a renewed conviction that you need Scripture in your heart. Perhaps you have a new set of verses, a new goal, or a new friend to recite with. Energy is high and you plant verse seeds regularly and expectantly. Summer: Here you settle in. You tend and till the verses to accurate, confident recitations. These are good times hiding the Word as rhythm and system settle in. Zeal is not gone, but it’s overshadowed by routine. Memorizing is “what I do.” A few storms of busyness and distraction shake the verse blooms, but unless a complete drought of inconsistency sets in, most verses will survive.
Fall: Now you know your verses well. They come to mind in conversation. They are at-the-ready for trials. You attain your goal and finish your verse set. The verse harvest is sweet. The mental effort to plant, tend, and harvest has tired you. You tell yourself a break is needed and well-deserved. Winter: A break is not all bad. This is a time to meditate deeply within and share God’s Word with others. Let this verse storehouse overflow in your heart and life. But a break should have a definitive beginning and end lest your “break” become barrenness with just a fond recollection of yesteryear. To launch into spring will mean seeking the Light of World (“What Scripture should I memorize?”) and believing the effort of planting will once again yield a worthwhile harvest. Which season are you in? Is it time to move to the next season?