Tonight, after work, I came home to my husband and began to share my day. We covered my day, his business, our faith, misplaced faith, concerns for mutual friends, the line between concern and nosiness, and finally, fears surrounding unspoken dreams. And that is when my realization began.
"What can become of things unspoken?" Nothing, but loss.
"What keeps me from speaking my dreams?" Nothing, but fear.
"What is there to fear in words said aloud?" Nothing, but Creation!
"In the beginning... the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep... And God said let there be light: and there was light." (Genesis 1: 1-3)
Things unspoken can never be realized. All the imaginings, the hopes, the dreams that float within my mind have no substance, can never take form, will only reveal loss. I have been told you cannot miss what you never had, but I believe you can loose what you never speak. See, every thought holds potential - formless and aimless. Word defines thought, and provides form and direction. Yet, word alone is simply intention and not enough to unleash potential. It is in the speaking of the word that thought takes flight and unrealized potential transforms into immense and unimaginable energy... that is creation!
With the immense power of word God created light, darkness, heaven, earth, and every thing and creature on this planet and within the universe. And God made us "in his image, in the image of God he made him: male and female." (Genesis 1:27) Of all of God's creations he gifted us, human beings, to be of his image. No other creature was given this gift. With this God allows for each of us to share in his supreme design and offers us the ability to create as he did the heavens and the earth. Although a crude and minute spit of God, we too wield the power of creation on our tongue.
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue..." (Proverbs 18:21)
And so, I return to my earlier questions:
"What can become of things unspoken?" Nothing, but loss of the God-given gift to share in creation!
"What keeps me from speaking my dreams?" Nothing, but fear that my tongue, unskilled absent of reverence, may bring death.
"What is there to fear in words said aloud?" Nothing, but the Creation of true Life in the Image of God is my Christian walk fulfilled!