I once had an hour-long conversation with a man who could neither hear nor speak. Deprived as we were, both of us, of the ordinary mechanisms of conversation, we sought out the most effective means at our disposal. Napkins and placemats disappeared at an alarming rate under the onslaught of pen and pencil – written word was the way to go. One thing we learned rather quickly: buzzwords and slang and doubletalk were of no use to us. This conversation would either be in plain words, or it would be a waste of an hour.
The unfolding of your words give light; it imparts understanding to the simple.
This one little sentence is packed with: an object lesson (imagine opening up your Bible, literally unfolding it); a metaphor (that Bible of yours doesn’t actually shine, but the words give light); and a statement of plain fact (understanding is about to happen for the one who simply engages). What a blessing! What an honor, that God himself would communicate with his people, so plainly and lovingly, waiting for us to get it!
…if we can commit to being imitators of God as dearly loved children, patiently and for one another’s benefit waiting to see the loop closed (or not?), trusting our Father to impart light and understanding to our speech and relationships…….
Grace and Peace (and understanding, which is, as you know, on me),