I’m an inspirational writer. My words are meant to kindle—rouse. But what does that mean? Sweet and wholesome words may not always change lives, but power-filled, life-generating words have potential for transformation.
This morning I pondered the verse, “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24 NIV)
Why didn’t this verse say pleasant words are like honey? That’d make more sense. Wouldn’t inspirational words be sugary? Appetizing? Craved by others? Sounds inspirational, doesn’t it?
No. The verse says, “Gracious words are a honeycomb…” Honeycombs…
The honeycomb is a busy place. Life is spawned in the walls of the comb. Death occurs there in secret. Growth. Miracles happen within the cells when pollen is transformed into a sweet, sticky substance filled with nutritional and medicinal qualities.
The honeycomb is a place teeming with life and power and surrender.
The choice honey, otherwise known as life honey, is that which drips directly from the comb—a raw substance and a mystery.
Perhaps inspired words are not what we think. Words that flow from the honeycomb will be filled with grit, depth, and emotion. They’ll not be words that only talk about courage, hope, faith, or strength, but they’ll be words that pulse and breathe transformation. Inspired words will be real, burn on the page, speak, and ignite hearts and minds.