Every once in awhile a word will fascinate me. The word snap is that word as of late. Â One little word with so many meanings and uses. Â I was at Hume Lake last week and I had just snapped one of the kids’ pants as we were getting ready in the morning. The word seemed to follow me as it came to mind when I heard someone ask a friendÂ to snap a picture. Â Then I heard another person say, “Oh Snap” as they dropped their Hydroflask on the rocks near the rec. field. And then Â I walked along the shore of Hume and a branch snapped and my mind snapped to attention as I began the rabbit trail of uses of this little word and the many idioms that employ it.
People snap their fingers, their pants, their gum, Â their cameras and snap the lights off as they leave a room. Â We snap to it, snap someone’s head off, make snap judgements and snap decisions. Â The fire snaps and crackles, the weather in fall often includesÂ a cold snap, Â and flags snap and wave in the wind. A center snaps a football to the quarterback who fumbles the snap and the team’s winning streak snaps. Â Consumers snap up deals and kids snap to attention when the teacher claps her hands. Â There is even an acronym: Screen Name and Password.
The common theme has to do with a sharp sound or quick short action, something like biting or a curt or sudden interruption. Â So as I thought about this little word with such immense drama I thought about the one thing that we can do immediately (in a snap) and that is Stop Now And Pray. Â So the word of the day is a great reminder to me to do something quickly. effectively. startlingly. I can fasten everything up with prayer. Join me! Â Stop now and Pray. Snap.