The spoken word is a powerful phenomenon. You can think it in your mind, ponder it in your heart but the moment you speak the word, the universe shifts.
The Bible puts it this way,
"Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark." James 3:5.
Words spark change in the environment. Fire destroys what cannot hold up to its heat. Fire also rejuvenates. It provides conditions for new terrain and growth.
I have been having a moment - an extended moment. This typically occurs when I am in the midst change. I wanted to move to a new city. The moment I let the words escape my lips, I was met with such fiery opposition - friends, postponements, rejections. So much so, I was beginning to doubt my decision.
Fire is hot yo! It changes your surroundings into the unfamiliar. My first instinct is to crawl back into an acceptable space and remain calm. I long for stability again, homeostasis. I am learning that you cannot take back your words just as you cannot undo a spark once the fire has begun.
In order for a hope to be real, it must be spoken. Once the words escape your lips, watch out! A fire can smolder gently or it can blaze. In the wilderness of transition it is uncomfortable, lonely and confusing at times. But, what else is there to do? I will allow the flames to incinerate doubt, fear, and worry. I will be open to the chances waiting beyond the ash - a new beginning and a new world of possibilities.