Ever wake up in the morning with a word in your spirit?

This morning, I did. I’d heard the word before in negative contexts, but I’d never had a definitive understanding of what the word meant.


Coffee in-hand, I promptly googled the word and found this:

Noun 1. vitriol – (H2SO4) a highly corrosive acid made from sulfur dioxide; widely used in the chemical industry

acid – any of various water-soluble compounds having a sour taste and capable of turning litmus red and reacting with a base to form a salt
atomic number 16, sulfur, sulphur, S – an abundant tasteless odorless multivalent nonmetallic element; best known in yellow crystals; occurs in many sulphide and sulphate minerals and even in native form (especially in volcanic regions)
battery acid, electrolyte acid – dilute sulfuric acid used in storage batteries
2. vitriolvitriol – abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will

contumely, insult, revilement, vilification, abuse – a rude expression intended to offend or hurt; “when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse”; “they yelled insults at the visiting team”
Verb 1. vitriol – expose to the effects of vitriol or injure with vitriol

subject – cause to experience or suffer or make liable or vulnerable to; “He subjected me to his awful poetry”; “The sergeant subjected the new recruits to many drills”; “People in Chernobyl were subjected to radiation”
2. vitriol – subject to bitter verbal abuse

lash out, attack, snipe, assail, assault, round – attack in speech or writing; “The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker”

Yikes!! Not good at all!

I was even more shocked to see the picture of the angry snake to the right. A couple of months ago I had a dream about a snake in which I escaped unbitten. The dream, though ending well, concerns me to this day. Typically symbolic of lies and deception, snakes seldom mean good things, especially when angry. Coupled with the word “vitriol,” I can’t help but feel the two could be related.

A warning? I just might think so.

About what? I’m not too sure. Matt and I are in prayer about it, and if you feel led to pray, we’d appreciate it.

It really feels good to have God on our side, looking out for us. 🙂