Wednesday, February 18, 2009

It is the little things

Well, I just completed a 3 minute sob-fest. I'm such a dork.

I've been stressing and stressing about Greek. Ok, and there's been a little obsessing too. I don't think any of that is going to change.

However, I had gone online last night to pull down some more information so as to better comprehend the cases and genders and anything else regarding nouns.

This author used a different word for the verb 'to be' than the author of my text and I was decided to pursue the information just a little further.

I hadn't yet pulled out the Greek/English New Testament that I purchased a couple of years ago when I decided to try to learn Greek on my own. But, this material from the internet was reference the Galatians 5:22 passage (fruit of the Spirit). Just for my own edification, I decided to see what it looked like.

I began reading (in Greek - this is just a transliteration): o karpos tou pneumatos estin agape, chara, irete, makrothumia, chrestotes, agathosune, pistos, prautes, enkrateia. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

I started sobbing! I understood this! The verb 'is' - 'estin.' We all know 'agape,' but I had just learned charos (rejoicing) and it was easy to make the leap to chara (joy). I understood the sentence structure and the use of the articles.

For a short moment (a very short moment), I was part of something ancient and filled with depth that goes beyond my surroundings.

That is more than enough to draw me back into my studies.

1 comment:

Cayla said...

Right on!! That's what I'm talking about!!
The prof. here who teaches Greek often speaks of reading the NT in Greek as seeing in color after only seeing in black and white, previously. Living and active? YES! Isn't it amazing how it comes to life?? I hated learning the technicalities of Greek, but I loved the part that you describe here.

You're learning fast! I can tell! Very good for you. Keep at it!