So in the midst of so much time spent on the road lately, I thought I would talk about some of the “tools of the travel” that help me through my day. In my last post I spoke of airport chapels. I spent time last week in the Chapel at Pittsburgh Airport. I had time at the airport, because I was early for my flight. I was early for my flight because I got an earlier shuttle bus from my hotel, and was thankful of that, because the check in line for the airline was VERY long.
But I had another “tool” at my disposal that made the wait in line a lot more tolerable. To paraphrase Ephesians 6:17, I call it my “virtual” sword of the Spirit, my Blackberry Bible from YouVersion.com (yeah, there’s an app for that).
I have been using this application on my Blackberry for about a year (just finished my first yearly reading plan), and find it to be one of the most used applications on my phone. I carry a Bible with me when I travel, but this is a way to read God’s Word in places where I can’t pull a book out of my briefcase. Like on the check-in line at Pittsburgh Airport. Or sitting on the Rental Car shuttle. Or at breakfast in my hotel. Or as is often the case, the last thing I do after I set my phone alarm for the morning.
YouVerion’s Bible contains dozens of versions and translations and numerous reading plans, to help the reader focus on reading daily and consistently. It offers collaborative programs, searches, the ability to bookmark passages, and even to share readings via the major social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, among others. I know that I have only scratched the surface of the program’s capabilities, but it has proven invaluable to me. There are probably other applications out there as well, and you may want to research the available programs. But whether you download the YouVersion app or some other program, you will find an invaluable resource in having God’s Word most literally at your fingertips.