“the house was filled with the cloud”
Oh my goodness.
I’ve discovered the word cloud.
Well, not “discovered” really. I mean, I’ve seen them before, and even played around with them. And of course I have a tag cloud on my blog. But I’ve discovered a new fascination with them.
It came up a few days ago, when my sister told me about a word-cloud generator on the internet. Because I’d recently done a post on Deuteronomy 32, I had the text handy, so I plugged it in to the generator. Here’s what I got:
How cool is that? It forces you to see the words in an entirely new way. And you can’t ignore the emphasis.
Here’s the Gettysburg Address:
Really? The word “here” ? Who knew?
And here are the lyrics to “White Christmas“…
I think I love this concept so much because I love words, and I love colors, and this is a fun way to celebrate both of those. But there’s more to it than that, in a spiritual way. I know for me, when I read or study the Bible, I can sometimes get so caught in words, and their meanings, that I lose the overall point of the text. Sort of, “Forest? What forest?”
So maybe I’ll try to create an ersatz word cloud in my mind as I read passages. I often look for repetitive words, but seeing that visual in my mind might be even more powerful, and make it hard to ignore the emphasis He intends.
There are just never-ending ways to study His Word. Joy!