During the football game I am glued to the television on an afternoon to see
how my favorite team is doing. But the editor in me can’t help editing
what the commentators say. I don’t consciously do it; it’s just that they say the most ridiculous things—regularly.
I appreciate that they don’t have time to think about what they’re saying, but they often come out with the same old cliches. One of the reporters will say that a team has gotten off to the “best possible” start. It may be a touchdown after just five minutes. But that does not make it the best possible start. A touchdown after two minutes would have been even better.
Or they might suggest that a team being down by two touchdowns after 10 minutes is off to the “worst possible” start. Well, it’s not. They could, however unlikely, be down by three touchdowns after 10 minutes.
Sometimes it just isn’t possible to find the right words to describe what’s happening, not only on the football field, but also when something spectacular happens, or something affects us deeply. A commentator who saw the Hindenburg in flames above him knew all about that as he ran for his life.
Poets and hymn writers through the years have grappled to find the right way of expressing all kinds of moods and feelings—and they have done it with varying degrees of success.
When it comes to describing what it’s like to discover the love of God, many people have found it hard to put into words. Some might say it has to be experienced to be believed. One songwriter expresses it this way:
But what to those who find? Ah! This
Nor tongue nor pen can show;
The love of Jesus, what it is
None but His loved ones know.
One last thing. To wake up knowing you are in God’s love and care—whatever happens—does really give you the best possible start, every day.
Robert Street, It’s A New Day!