Proverbs 16:24 “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
Have you ever been in a situation where you didn’t know where you stood with someone? Maybe it was a disagreement, a misunderstanding, or even circumstances beyond your control – still you’re left in this awful limbo. Another friend of mine describes it as an awful squeezing feeling in your stomach. Like lead butterflies.
I hate confrontation. It’s messy and unpredictable and my peacemaking nature just wants to run and hide at the very thought of it. Still, sometimes it’s necessary. It was today. I had to see where I stood with a friend. I was terrified. I’ll be honest folks, I struggle terribly with wanting acceptance from others. While I think this is pretty basic human nature for most, mine can become pretty tiresome. So I used Jonah as a cute-shield. How can you be mad at someone with a cute little boy in tow? Okay so Jonah had to come with, but I thought, “It couldn’t hurt right?”
Turns out I didn’t need Jonah’s cuteness after all. Turns out my friend has a heart the size of Texas. Turns out that she knows a lot about this thing called grace.
In Proverbs 16:24 the original Hebrew word for pleasant is no`am – grace. The original Hebrew for honeycomb is tsuwph – which indicates a dripping honeycomb, overflowing.
Overflowing with grace. Yup that about sums up today. I went from the doldrums of depression to the sweet relief of grace and reconciliation. A sweetness to the soul and healing to the bones. I was quickly reminded of God’s amazing love for me and his unwillingness to let go through what seems to me a long, dark tunnel.
Psalms 25:10 “All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.”