Presently I’m “walking through” the Book of Proverbs on my “trek” of reading through the Bible this year. Proverbs is NOT a book to skim or read lightly! 🙂  “Gotta stop and smell the roses,” (sometimes the “fragrance” isn’t that pleasant).   :-/
I paused this morning at chapter 18 verse 4 as I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the abundant flow of words that flood our lives, even our minds!  I think about the thousands of words we hear and speak and write, let alone think, each day! It’s enough to make me want to plug my ears and cover my eyes and beg the world to stop spinning so I can get off! 🙂

Of course, a line from My Fair Lady has popped into my head, where Eliza says to Freddy, “Words! Words! I’m so sick of words! I get words all day through;” and then she sings, “Never do I ever want to hear another word. There isn’t one I haven’t heard.”       (Yes, at times I know just what she means!)  🙂
Back to Proverb 18:4, which got me on this train of thought in the first place: “The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.” (ESV, 2000)
How thankful I am that “in the beginning was the WORD,” (a.k.a. “Wisdom”) who was “with God and who IS God!” And He has come to dwell with us and make Himself known to us… with words! Yes, words. However, just as Eliza asked Freddy to get beyond words and “show her” rather than just tell her, [“Show me! Show me! . . .Don’t waste my time, Show me!”], God DID “show us” what He has told us in words: …”but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

Okay, time to stop and pray:
Lord, keep on speaking Your words of life to me! And “let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer” (Proverb 19:14).