Wham, bam, look toward the Lamb
Bam. Cram. Ram. Spam. Sam. Wham. Ham.
What could these dissimilar words that rhyme teach us? These words are pregnant with meaning and tell us much about who we are and what we need to do.
The first word might remind us of the Louisiana chef who exclaims "Bam!" to express his excitement and satisfaction.
Cram and ram remind us that we are often people who try to stuff more and more into busy lives as we blaze through the day. We do not stop to smell the roses, because we do not even notice they exist.
Spam? Well, a fried Spam sandwich can be a hungry man's delight but spam in the inbox can be a huge hassle that makes us lose our appetites.
The word Sam stirs the patriot in us all as we think of the longstanding icon that embodies the spirit of our great country. His red, white and blue suit and his direct plea of "I want you" remind us that the liberty of all is built on the liberty of each.
For the word wham we have to go back a few years. If you remember the original Batman television series, you will recall the ridiculous graphics that appeared when Batman or Robin engaged in fisticuffs with a bad guy.
The word ham carries negative and positive connotations. As a food, it is delicious and satisfying, but too much of it may cause problems. The salt content can affect our blood pressure, and let's not even talk about cholesterol. Then there are people who ham it up to try to entertain.
Now let me draw your attention to another short word with rich meaning. This word rhymes with the above list and stands as a reminder about who we are and what we need to do. This is a word that helps bring sense and peace into the world described by the words above.
Are you a television junkie and think that Emeril is exciting? You need to look to the Lamb of God, Jesus. Are you continually cramming more into less and passing through the day in a blur? You need to look to the Lamb. Do you sometimes lose your appetite for this routine life and feel empty and unfulfilled? You need to look to the Lamb. Do you ever feel alone and afraid and wish someone would whisper in your ear "I want you"? You need to look to the Lamb. Does life sometimes blindside you with a big WHAM! that leaves you dazed and confused? You need to look to the Lamb. When life begins to overwhelm you, it's time to look beyond this life to something better. You need to look to the Lamb.
When the prophet saw Jesus, he exclaimed, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29) We are people who need a word that helps bring sense and peace into the world described by the words above. To find that word you simply need to look to the Lamb.
Josh Head, minister of Decatur Christian Church, is one of several local ministers writing religion columns for THE DAILY. For more information, call Melanie Smith on Wednesdays or Thursdays at 340-2468.