It’s been such a busy week here in Mooseland. The sun is shining, the grass is greening, the leaves are unfurling, the sandhill cranes are returning. . . and we’ve been enjoying spring immensely! I plumb forgot it was Thursday until two minutes ago. 🙂
Today’s topic is Wisdom. A few years ago, when I was a mother to two little boys, I became very frustrated. My firstborn son was like many firstborns, ahead of the game. He sprouted his first tooth by five months; he started talking quickly; he first walked the week her turned one year old. In many, many things he was ahead of his age. (Probably had something to do with the fact that, since he was an only child, I had lots of one-on-one time with him.)
When the second moose calf came along, I was in a quandry. Firstborn was “only” two years and two months old. He could do some things for himself (dressing, eating) but he still needed help in so many ways (choosing his clothes, buttoning his pants, climbing up into the high chair, etc.) This is so, so normal; and I realize that the boys really weren’t that close together in age. But it was a hard time for me.
One of the hardest parts was that Calf #2 didn’t follow his big brother in being early with his firsts. He wasn’t really developmentally delayed; he followed more along the lines of a typical kid. That was hard for me to understand at first. “What’s wrong with my kid?” I would wonder. The answer was, “Nothing! He is developing at his own rate.”
The hardest part of this was in his communication skills. We had tried to do baby sign language with the firstborn, but he started talking so early that he wouldn’t put the work into using the signs. I gave up. With the secondborn, the baby sign language worked very well. He took to it quickly. And that was a good thing, as he didn’t start using words nearly as early as his brother! It was greatly helpful to me to know if he wanted more food, or if he was thirsty, or if he wanted me to read him a book, or was enthralled about the dog outside. But when he started using more words, his speech was so garbled and unclear that I really wasn’t sure what he was saying!
I very clearly remember one frustrating day. I was visiting a friend, standing in her kitchen, when my little boy came in and said something. I expressed to my friend my frustration of not knowing what he’s trying to say and she wisely prayed, “LORD, give her the wisdom to understand her baby’s words.”
As in many areas of my life, this was something I had been perceiving and coming around to anyway; she gave words to something that was becoming real to me. But it was still profound to me that I could ask the LORD for wisdom in this way!
James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
This verse is often applied to life decisions, knowing which vocation or spouse a person should choose. I have come to understand that the verse ought not to be so limited! We can ask God for wisdom in ANY area of our lives.
Indeed, after this visit with my friend, my attitude towards my young son’s developing language skills changed drastically. I was still frustrated when I couldn’t understand him, but I also realized that there is One who understands him perfectly. It was then amazing to me when my little boy would tell me “a asheis weoiras asldkwernm” and after praying for wisdom, paying close attention to my boy, and considering the situation and surroundings, it would be clear to me that what he was saying was that he wanted a drink of water!
I’m so thankful today that our LORD cares for all the little things in our lives, and that He does give us wisdom when we ask for it.
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