By Amy Hayes

To be the granddaughter of a Southern Baptist preacher is to own a library of Bibles.

For some reason, from my towering stack of Holy Scriptures, the one that I’ve stuck with reading is my NIV Teen Study Bible. Never mind the fact that I’m now 30 years old. Or that the first 33 chapters of Genesis detached themselves like the empty bit of a spaceship when it exits earth’s atmosphere, or that more than a few pages may be anointed with chai tea. I still love it. Perhaps a little too ardently.

Full disclosure: I haven’t always loved this Bible—or any Bible for that matter. Reading Scripture was boring and far too difficult to understand. But then I heard a preacher quote Proverbs 25:2, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings to search out a matter.”

Wait. God intentionally hides things? For me to find? Mind blown. 

That simple revelation has whisked me away on many biblical adventures, and now I write Bible studies as part of my job—a privilege preteen me could’ve never imagined. When the editors of In Touch Magazine asked me to give a tour of my study process, I leapt at the opportunity. So, if you’re interested in joining a royal search party, keep reading. 

Remember: mystery is a divine invitation to intimacy. And the good news is you don’t have to be a theologian to RSVP. Just take your cue from Albert Einstein, who said, “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”

With that thought in mind, grab your Bible and settle somewhere comfy – let’s explore a passage together.



Think and Pray

If we want to know God’s will or His purposes in our lives, we must seek Him out and explore His word. People who spend regular time with God often get regular answers to prayer.

Father, stir up in me a holy curiosity. Lead me on a quest to “inquire of You” and discover the truths You promise to reveal. Amen.