My mind was completely blank. (Which is really bad considering I was on stage in front of about 800 people.) Only two chapters into a Romans presentation and I had no idea what the next word was. Cloaked in the awkward silence, I walked over to where my Bible sat, found the next line, and off I went, finishing the presentation with only a few minor mistakes.
Afterward, I was standing by my product table. A woman came to me and said, I am so glad you messed up. (Seemed a bit strange, so I asked her why.) Her response has stuck with me for years now:
I was so engrossed by what you were doing that I had forgotten you were quoting the Bible. When you messed up and walked over to your Bible, I was reminded that this was straight scripture. I listened to the rest of the presentation just as engaged as I was before, but overwhelmed by how wonderful, beautiful, and ALIVE God’s Word is!
That’s when I realized something incredibly important.