Where are the Words?

A famous country music star (with whom I shared a Nashville to Los Angeles flight a few years ago) was asked recently about the painful breakup with his actress-wife that ended in annulment. He responded with words that he might one day try using to make another country music hit.

The breakup, he said, was “like opening the door to your house and having someone come in and take your big-screen TV off the wall during the big game, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Say what?

Your marriage to a beautiful, famous, and talented woman has ended and you compare it to losing a big screen television?

Maybe he was trying to be creative or cute. Or maybe he was just telling the truth in the best way he knew how. Perhaps he just couldn’t find the right words to adequately express the pain he was feeling in the depths of his heart.

Who among us has never tried to paint a verbal picture only to realize that it didn’t work? And who among us has never been at a loss for words to describe the joys of the best experiences of life or the pain of our darkest days? There have been days when I needed to buy more than just a vowel; I needed to buy a whole string of words.

There is good news for Christians. When we can’t find the words, God can still understand. God’s Holy Spirit who lives in our hearts allows us to communicate with God even when we can’t find the words.

“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don’t even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will” (Romans 8:26-27 NLT).

Thank You, God, for the work of Your Holy Spirit in our lives.

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