Your Symbols and Mine

Emblemism So that's not actually a word. The closest to it would be emblematic. My spell check also asks me if it's not "emblem ism". It's like I added a suffix to a word that already has enough. There are rules for these sorts of things you know. Can't just go around making words up on the fly. I have a friend who dreamed one night about a certain type of hat. In the dream, that style of hat had a name. And so he woke up and ran with it. He went to school and started proclaiming the newfound label for this well-known, if foreign, headgear. I'm not gonna fault him for that. Really, it makes for one awesome inside joke. I had a dream once where I saw a pineapple. I thought about it for years and years and would see pineapples feature in ads and love their taste and after much reflection (to where God showed me why), realized that it makes sense. And so, the pineapple is one of my symbols. My emblems. If I ever had a coat of arms, you can bet it'd be on it.

An emblem, as you may know, is a symbol. It expresses more information than words and letters. An emblem can represent by virtue of symbol, things that aren't easily defined. Things of complexity and controversy and polarization. Things that will get one person's blood flowing and stop the heart (figuratively) of another. It's deep and it's powerful. Best to stick with letters and words until you know what you're doing.

Embolism

That one actually is a word. It's anything that can slow or block or stop blood flow. It can be a solid object or an air bubble. The thing about an embolism is you don't want it. I don't have much more to say on the subject because I'm not a medical professional. I know my words though. I know "embolism" is a real thing and so is "emblem" and "ism". I can also bandy about "emblemism" in my circle but beyond that, I'm likely to get looks of misunderstanding and possibly scorn (I don't really care). Best to either keep my mouth shut or use the oft-repeated "symbolism" to refer to what I'm...referring to.

Symbolism

Embolus is any unbroken matter in the blood stream. The word gives rise to "embolism". Symbol comes from the same root: "bolus". From Latin, meaning "to throw". The word "parable" is in this family as well. "Parable" literally means "something thrown alongside". Jesus, many times, spoke to people plainly. Those who endeavored to get as close as they could and ask Him open-ended questions to which He supplied closed-ended answers (Himself). But to those who were on the periphery of His person, those whom He didn't know personally, He spoke in parables. He used stories and allegories to get His point across. The reason He could do this is He couldn't but help speak the truth. Anything He said would point back to God the Father, to the source. I find that, the closer I get to God, the more dialed in I get with reference to the kernels of story and such. Some stay. Others have fallen away. I have certain favorite movies that, as I analyze and scrutinize, I begin to understand why they're speaking to me. Why they take up space on my shelf. They're like touchpoints for the very real thing I'm living called life. But look what John says: "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." (1 John 5:11-12)

See, life is life. That may draw ire and derision and sound pedantic and pathetic but I don't know how else to say it. God gives life and He does it through Jesus. Spiritually and physically. But the latter doesn't include the former. If you're curious to see if maybe, just maybe all this stuff could be pointing to something you don't see yet, ask Jesus to show you. Ask Him to be Lord of your life. He'll do it.

"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10)

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