Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Captured Thought~

A captured thought.

That's what it was.

There, written right next to the verse,
the thought of my man
as he thought about his God,
captured in black ink
on the now-yellowed pages
of his Bible.

And, instantly,
his thought about his God
captured my thoughts.

So much so,
that I put the Bible down,
picked up my laptop
and googled the word he had written.

It's not that I wasn't familiar with this word,
I was.
It's just the word lover in me knows
there is always more to a word
than first meets our eyes.

And, there is always, always, always
more to the words in God's Holy Word
than first meets our heart, too.

Depth. Richness. Insight.

A thought just waiting to be captured
and illuminated by the precious Holy Spirit.


This is the word my love had written.

According to TheFreeDictionary.com dignify means
1. To confer dignity or honor on; give distinction to
2. To raise the status of (something unworthy or lowly); make honorable

Dictionary.com defines dignify like this:
1. to confer honor or dignity upon; honor; ennoble
2. to give a high-sounding title or name to; confer unmerited distinction upon [emphasis mine]

Turning my gaze back to my husband's Bible
(one of my most precious treasures on this earth!)
I realized,
his thought had completely captured
the depth,
the richness,
the insight
tucked deep into the words
found in the first few verses of Psalm 103.


Yes, this is exactly
(and amazingly and unbelievably)
what our God does.

He places upon us unmerited distinction as His children.
He gives us a high sounding title and name - Children of God.
He raises our status from a lowly sinner to an heir of God and a joint-heir with Jesus.

He dignifies us.

I'm so thankful my husband wrote down
the thought that captured his attention
as he read these verses.

His thought,
captured mine.

In fact, I'm still sitting here
captured by the thought
of  how His lovingkindness and His tender mercies
do indeed bring so much dignity
to me,
to my life,
to my hopes and my dreams,
to my past, my present, and my future.

He. Dignifies. Me.

He. Dignifies. You.

Selah (Pause and think about that)

Yes, pause and think about that.

Let it capture your thoughts, too.

Because if you do -
I have a feeling,
just like me
as I turned the page
and continued feeding and digesting on His Word,
you will find yourself
sitting a little taller in your chair,
holding a little higher your head,
and living out a little louder
the words of this Psalm:

Bless the Lord,
Oh my soul;
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name.

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