One of the things I look forward to at the beginning of each month is getting to read the fourth Proverbs. See, I read the “proverb of the day” each morning, and have for nearly two years now. And, although I can obviously read any of the Proverbs any time I want, when the corresponding day arrives for a Proverb I really like, it makes the day feel extra special.
Sunday was the 4th, and I was excited about reading that Proverb for several days leading up to Sunday. Proverbs 4:18 my favorite verse in the entire book of Proverbs, and probably one of my favorite verses in the whole Bible.
I’m a very visual person. I like seeing things. When I read a book, I see nearly everything in my head – like a movie. When people are talking to me, their words are constantly creating pictures in my brain. Sometimes when I’m writing and I’m trying to think of a specific word, written words flip through my mind almost like flashcards, until I choose the right one.
Talking on the phone has never been something I enjoy (except to a few specific people), because it’s so hard for me to carry on a conversation when I can’t see the person I’m talking to. Same thing with talking through doors. When someone tries to tell me something, I am nearly always thinking Can’t you just show me?
As a writer, there are words that I enjoy simply because of how they look when they’re written down. So many of my memories play in my mind, as if I had watched a movie of my growing up years and had memorized it. When someone tells a story, my brain jumps at the chance to draw out the scene for me. So yes, I’m a very visual person.
Proverbs 4:18 is one of those verses that creates a perfect picture in my mind. It’s an illustration that I can watch unfold in nature every single day. It can literally be an hourly reminder from the time I wake up, until I go to bed. (Although I rarely think of it that often.)
The verse says,
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.
Isn’t that simply beautiful?
I didn’t watch the sun rise today, but I have gotten to see the world grow lighter around me as I go about my daily tasks. I am so thankful to have today to spend living, and breathing, and working. To watch the cycle of the sun and know that God loves me.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. (Lam. 3:22-23)