Thanks everyone for the comments. Brian asked how or why I chose the “Bit of Smoke” title and the scripture that went along with it. Well, to tell you the truth, I have no idea; it just came to me as I was creating the original blog on Blogger. It struck me as being so true: we are only here for a short time, like that smoke, and for most of us when we are gone there isn’t going to much left to remind people we were here, hence the blogging thing.

Perhaps blogging is our way of reaching for some kind of significance, some kind of permanence (as permanent as the internet can be): to write down our thoughts and hopes and fears and whatever else happens to pop into our usually distracted thoughts and pretend that someone actually cares about what we have to say. Don’t get me wrong here, I do care about what you have to say on your blogs and in the comments you make, but is what we have to say really all that significant? Does it have to be? We usually write because we enjoy the process, not necessarily the end results. Barbara had a great quote on her Prodigal Daughter blog:

“Writers don’t write about themselves because they think anyone actually cares that much. They are banking on the fact that in the process of wrestling something out of their own darkness, they can connect with that which is common to someone else. Doesn’t have to be everybody, either. Just somebody.”
– John Fischer

I liked that quote. Not everybody has to get something out of what I write, just somebody. And so it is with you, too. Gary talked about why some posts get comments and others don’t. I think it’s because some posts resonate with the readers more than others. I read a lot of blogs, but I don’t comment that often. It’s not that I don’t care; it’s just there are some posts that talk to where I’m at in the moment. Others don’t. Don’t take it personally.

OK, sorry. The question was why I chose “Bit of Smoke…” Not only was I struck with the similarities of life and smoke, and the brevity of both, but I was also struck with how smoke is often used in the Bible to show God and His power (“And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power…”) and it is my desire to be a representation of God in this dry and parched land, a small bit of God if you will. So, should I change the name to “Bit of God…”? Naw, I think I will leave it alone. Hopefully somebody will connect.

His peace.