To call this object inanimate is like calling a still river lifeless.
The bible is the most important inanimate object in my life today for it may be printed in inanimate paper with inanimate ink bound by inanimate threads in inanimate leathers… But its words are far from being inanimate. They are alive! For they are not mere words recorded by human hands, they are the very words of God. God, who is the source of animation. Apart from him we are nothing but inanimate. Lifeless. Dead.
I’ve learned that the word “inspiration” originates from the latin word, “inspirare” which means “to blow into.”
When God created Adam, God breathed life into Adam. God “inspirare” Adam. God’s breath gives life.
Now think about this word from the bible: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, correcting, rebuking and training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
What about “In the beginning was the Word and the word was with God and the word was God.” (John1:1)
And later, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14)
Did you catch the connection? I hope you do.
The bible is God’s Word that leads me to know the Word, Jesus Christ himself. And apart from the Word, I am dead. We all are.
This is why I find that the bible, though inanimate in appearance, is by far the most animated of all my possessions.
Like a still river judged by its appearance, only those who look closer and dare to dive in get to understand its depth and the real beauty it holds.