As I stare at the blank computer screen this afternoon, I realize I have the power to type letters that create words; then I have the power to type words that create sentences; then I have the power to type sentences that create a blog I can post. I have an awesome responsibility to create a post that will be meaningful to anyone who chooses to read what I write. Words are powerful! When I think of the creation story in Genesis 1, I am reminded that when God created in the beginning, He chose to do it by speaking words. Also after He spoke such things as light and water and creatures into existence, He proclaimed that each thing was good. Another reference to words is found at the beginning of the gospel of John. John writes, “In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was God.” Of course, John is speaking of Jesus as being the Word. Wow! Words are sacred and powerful. I must be careful to select words that will encourage and enlighten those of you who read my words rather discourage you or create doubt in your mind. At least this is my goal with blogging. This is why I have chosen the theme of my blog to be based upon Proverbs 25:11 that says, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” Some translations use the word “bowls” instead of “pictures” and I think I like this image better. I want my words to be like golden apples placed into the lives of my readers. In turn, I envision each reader’s life being depicted by pictures or bowls of silver into which my words can be placed. Your life, my Reader, is as special to me as silver.
When thinking about apples as a kind of fruit, golden delicious is one of my favorite varieties to eat fresh. If I use my imagination, I can hear the crunch of the apple as I bite into it and I can even feel the sticky juice running down my chin. My prayer for this blog is that the words I share weekly will be as satisfying to your spiritual appetite as apples are to your physical hunger. I hope my words will fit into your life to help fill an empty spot just as golden delicious apples can fill an empty silver bowl. Psalms 4:8 says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” My challenge is to offer you an appetizing apple of gold from my life’s bowl of silver. I hope you will take the apple from me and meditate upon its meaning and then decide if it is satisfying enough for you to apply it to your life or place it into their own bowl.
Another scripture verse that comes to my mind is Psalm 19:14, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” In order to personalize this verse and make it my prayer for this blog, I want to say, “May the words of my blog, (apples of gold) and meditations of the hearts (pictures or bowls of silver) of each of my readers be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
So, my Reader, if you were now in my home, I would most likely offer you a cup of coffee or tea, but online I will offer a golden apple. Take it; bite into it. Taste and see if the Lord is good to you! I hope it will be satisfying to your soul. I look forward to spending time with you and sharing another golden apple next week. There will be a new post next Wednesday.
Challenge for the week: Place an apple of gold into the silver bowl of someone’s life.