At home the other day I stumbled upon a web site while trying to find new ways of sharing a lesson with the children in one of our church's Wednesday night classes. I'm hooked on the site, www.wordle.net, which takes any text you copy and paste into it and turns it into a work of art. It creates a wordle, a jumble of words in different sizes and colors in something like a geometric shape.
What makes it unique is that you can input the same words a bunch of times or click on "randomize" and still come up with different wordles.
Our church kids ended up creating their own wordles of a Bible verse with paper and glue, with help from a wordle created on the computer.
The words that are the largest typeface in a wordle are those that are most repeated in the text. I copied and pasted the text from a Daily Sun News web page, for example, and "Sunnyside" was by far dominant with other words intermingled in various sizes.
Besides being a neat website for literal word play, the idea of a wordle is something that has lately become a metaphor of sorts for me.
There's a season of change ahead for our church, and I've been feeling like a jumbled wordle lately in trying to make sense of it all.
There is peace in the fact that Christ is ultimately the head of the church and He will provide guidance as we seek and knock.
Still, I'm concerned for the church and its ministries - including those for the children - during the change that awaits us.
On a personal note, I wonder what my response should be to the change as a church member, steering committee member and associate pastor.
I'm in a state of flux.
In praying about this, I've taken comfort from a passage in I Timothy that tells me I can entrust God with the life and work I commit to Him.
The same I Timothy passage also encourages me to move forward a step at a time in faith, as God has given me a trust to keep, too; the sacrifice and resurrection of His one and only Son.
Whatever happens, God says we and He have a trust for each other to keep.
All of which means that I am beginning to find some calm in this jumbled wordle I'm experiencing right now.
As with a real wordle, thanks to I Timothy there is a predominant word in my life that is rising above in this time of confusing change