Life verses are similar to memory verses in that they are memorized. But, the quality of the memorization is wrapped up in experienced memory as well. Often, more than one life-changing episode brings the particular passage to mind.
My parents gave me a new Bible when I was baptized at age twelve. Proverbs 3:5-6 in the New International Version was the scripture my pastor wrote under his words of encouragement to me that day. I committed that scripture to memory, not realizing I would need to cling to it that spring after my family’s move to Missouri. I was surprised when I needed it after we moved back to Minnesota. It helped me understand why they moved to Ohio, and I didn’t. When I found myself living a town away from where that baptism Bible was given and inscribed, I understood anew God’s personalized plan for each person. Whenever I face difficult decisions, I repeat it in my mind until my heart renews its belief. As in the “yellow wood” of Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” following its path “has made all the difference.”
What verses in your life have made a difference in the paths you have taken?