About a month ago my wife and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary. It has been my practice to follow the "traditional" anniversary gifts for my gifts to her. This means that for our 15th anniversary I got her a crystal vase with our names engraved into it. It was very nice, if I do say so myself.
But then, on the way to meet her at the restaurant to celebrate, I dropped the vase on the concrete sidewalk and it broke into a million pieces. So much for that.
My anniversary gift for my wife didn't work out, but she got me a gift too: a new Bible. It's a compact, yet large print, ESV Bible with my wife's nickname for me ("Hubbz") imprinted in gold on the front cover. I was excited to receive it, and immediately moved my previous "go-to" Bible from its spot on my desk to a retirement position on my bookshelf. It had gotten worn out over the past 10 years or so that I've had it, and it was time for a new one anyway.
That got me to thinking about the Bibles I've owned through different seasons of my life, all of which I still have in my possession. Each one of those Bibles tells a story about my life at the time I was using it.
After I got married, I bought my next Bible: a New King James Version of the John MacArthur Study Bible. This Bible got me through my first years of vocational ministry, and helped me immensely as a budding preacher in his mid-twenties. MacArthur's commentary is wonderful, and the New King James translation is solid. One of the significant factors of this Bible was the price tag, a hefty $70.00, which was a big deal for a newly married couple. I remember that when I got home with it, I plopped into a hammock we had hanging outside and began to read. These days the cover is frayed and torn a bit, and the bookmark was somehow cut off, but overall, it's still in good shape.
Finally, here's the new Bible my wife got me as an anniversary present. Who knows where I'll go with it, or where it will take me. Just as God used and directed my use of his word in throughout the seasons of my life, I know that he will do so again as I look to the future of studying and applying his word. Truly, there is no greater gift than a new Bible.