I learned a new word last week. It was completely by accident while reading a beach novel with very few redeeming characteristics. But I learned a new word. Actually a word that categorizes many words.


Contronym is a word with multiple meanings where one meaning is the reverse of another. There are many examples in the English language. It seems to me it makes learning the English language quite difficult. Although, it is quite possible that other languages contain the same difficult words.

We are on vacation this week so I thought it might be interesting to consider some of these words.

The first: BOLT

Bolt: to fasten one object to another with a metal fitting

Bolt: to make a sudden escape

Consider your present situation. In what way are you bolting? Are you securely fastening to Someone with greater strength and stability? Are you making plans to flee suddenly without looking back?

13But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. 14The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

Exodus 14:13-14

I challenge you to insert your own circumstances in place of “The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again!” Can you “bolt” yourself to the Lord and watch him fight for you?

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