Thursday, October 24, 2013

160 Words can be Better than a Picture

This is my 1,000th blog post. 1,000 ideas, yes, but 1,000 stimulating thoughts, or 1,000 inspirations?  You be the judge!  Some people think a “a picture is worth a thousand words.” But a blog post is more akin to the Chinese proverb, “1001 words is worth more than a picture” (only in my case, about 160).

I researched the number ‘1,000’ to find something splendidly symbolic about it. Wikipedia tells it tersely: 1,000 is the natural number that follows 999 and precedes 1001. Not so exciting. Then I read Peter’s words:  “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day; The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you” (2 Peter 3:8-9).

And therein lies the significance of ‘1,000’—the Patience of the Lord. Though you and I may fail 1,000 times, “He is a faithful God who shows it by keeping his covenant of unfailing love for 1,000 generations” (Deut. 7:9 edited). Not to worry; there are still lots of generations (and posts) yet to come!

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