One who is clever conceals knowledge, but the mind of a fool broadcasts folly.
It calms the noisy head and the stressed spirit. Forcefully, water is pushed up from a generator through twisting copper tubes, and when it reaches the top, it trickles out over a sculptured fountain and creates a sound that stills the anxieties that race around in our soul. When the water is just reaching the apex, there is no possibility of pushing it down into the tubing, short of unplugging the generator. When it spills out, the water falls in intricate and pleasing patterns, and is so soothing as to draw weary people near, just to be calmed by the gentle fall of water on water.
With us, it is not so much our speaking that is the problem; it is the way our words fall. When they are rising in us, they may be as forceful as the water shooting up through the copper tubes, because they have been born in response to some electrified emotion or frantic feeling. But, by the time they reach our lips and are ready to spill out for others to hear, they have passed through our tender heart and have the possibility of being purified there.
Just imagine if all the words you spoke were as healing as a gently flowing fountain. Imagine if the words that tumbled out of your mouth were able to soothe troubled, frazzled, and weary souls. Imagine if your words dropped like water on water - so graceful that they became one with the rest of creation. Imagine if your words became the word of God. It could happen, you know. Before the words that form and pump through you find their way into the unseen air, let them be purified in your heart. Then the spilling of speech could change the world. The spilling of speech could still the chaos of human hearts and fill them with the peace of God. Just imagine.
O God, drop the dew of your grace on the words that flow from me. Let others find the truth of you through the tenderness of my speech.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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