“Your word for today is “hovel”. I look at him, not very impressed. This is not a strange word. Not a word that I will have to pull up dictionary.com to search out the meaning and pronunciation. I know this word.
This is an ongoing game. Often during the week this attorney man will come to me and say, “your word for the day is….” and off we go. Many times it’s a new word to me. I will roll it around in my mind. I will try it out in a sentence. If it doesn’t feel right or sound right I will say, “use it in a sentence.” And he will. I used to wonder where he came up with some of these weird sounding words…until I saw the newspaper open. A game. A puzzle. A test.
Each day on the next to last page of the paper, in black and white, waiting to be deciphered is a word puzzle. Five words are given, each with scrambled letters. Rearrange them until the word is known. Then on the last line there are several blanks. It is word number six. The circled letters in the above 5 words are preselected, each one will make up the resulting answer of the cartoon drawing. A riddle.
To the casual observer, the open newspaper looks like someone just walked off without refolding it after reading. But since I know this attorney man, the newspaper is not simply lying there, it is a reminder of a test not complete. It beckons to him each time he goes in the room to use the copier. Until completed, it will not be moved.
Although this is an interesting game, it doesn’t feed my soul. There is a Word for the day that will though. You knew I’d come around to that didn’t you?
Almost every morning, as Aimee and I are driving to our places of employment, physically going a different direction, but spiritually–traveling toward the same goal. Heaven.
We sometimes discuss with longing of our eternal home. Of who’s already there.
Sometimes the journey is discussed.
The difficulties, as well as the joys in raising kids.
The trials along with the blessings of the job.
The desire to do more for Christ.
The realization that this world is not our home. And we may even break out into a song.
But on most days, the question is asked by one of us, “do you have a Word for me today?”
This Word will make a difference in our day.
It will impact our lives.
We can adjust our walk.
Our attitude and eyesight!
We can feel His presence!
This Word is mighty!
It brings healing!
It is anointed!
This Word is His. His words to our hearts. To help us deal with the day-to-day. So often I try and go about my day without digging. I usually dig in for study at night. When the house is quite, with the exception of clocks ticking and the humming of the refrigerator. I read, type and talk. About the Father and to the Father. He says in Psalm 46:10 to Be still. He directs us to an action. Be still. Just know. Be still, and know that I am God.
Your word for the day…
1. a small, very humble dwelling house; a wretched hut.
2. any dirty, disorganized dwelling.
3. an open shed, as for sheltering cattle or tools.
YOUR WORD for the day…
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12 NIV
And going further….
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade-kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith –of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1Peter 1:3-9 (emphasis mine)