When I became a peripatetic teacher (one that doesn’t have a school, but has students, and so needs to travel around to teach and support them) I had to learn to rely on my diary. Up until then it was just a daily classroom timetable. Now, I had to arrange meetings that didn’t clash with ones I already had, at different locations, with different people for different purposes. Phew.
And to learn to trust your diary, you have to learn to make sure it is up to date, and that any information that is required to be updated, is not ignored.
I did miss the odd meeting (probably 3 in 7 years) and felt so gutted – in spite of the fact that, for countless others, I had been there perfectly on time, place and purpose.
Changing to an electronic diary was likewise a new adventure in trust, laying aside the scribbles that had become so familiar, and all the information becoming ‘virtual.’ But it is simply a diary, a carefully prepared and maintained record that you learn to rely on.
Today was one of those days when I turned up for a carefully, well-in-advanced-timetabled meeting, around which other appointments had been sensibly arranged. Only to find it had occurred a few hours before!
I have sent my apologies. I have figured out how it happened. That will have an impact on how fastidiously I process information in future.
I’m not ditching the diary. It’s not perfect, but it is a tool fit for purpose. And I mustn’t become so obsessed with the tool that I lose sight of its purpose.
The Bible, as you learn to trust the God who inspired it, works like a diary. It’s not automatic, you have to build up a rapport, a history of your own, a way of updating that makes it a tool in your life. Daily Bread, or other Bible Notes, are a way many people successfully rely on to access Scripture usefully.
The Bible, on its own, it is the inspired words of God. Read with the presence of the Holy Spirit, you encounter the word of God in your life.
And that’s a regular diary entry worth nurturing and noting.