“Use your words, talk to me.” You may hear these words at my house at a regular basis – you see, we have the privilege of having a 23-month old in our home who is on the verge of a word avalanche. The journey started really from birth – and early birth – 25 weeks 4 days at 1 lb. 10 oz. One of her first communications was the first time her mom had a chance to visit her in her in the NICU. Krista said, “Hi, baby,” and teeny tiny Emma turned her head with eyes that had not yet opened in the direction of Krista’s voice. Do you think Krista noticed?
Then, Krista and Chase were able to touch Emma. One of my favorite early pictures of Emma and Krista – Emma whole hand on Krista’s finger tip. After that, came the “Smile!”. Melt your heart when eyes lock and smile curve on the end of her lips. Could it get any better?! Oh yes, more so much more.
After that came the sign language – more, milk, please, thank you. Emma’s ability to communicate concepts before words could even be formed. Eventually a trickle of words, Dada, mama, milk . . . little by little the conversation was beginning. When we stopped to document them there were over 50 words in her growing vocabulary. Then two words together, “Bye Daddy,” Bye Mommy”. Just this past week she exploded a 3-word sentence, “I did it!” (consonances and all). There’s the chatter, totally unintelligible but the foundation of the soon coming avalanche of words with understanding, and it all started with the turning of the head, with closed eyes toward the voice she had heard from her time in the womb.
“3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.
5 You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Matthew 7:11 says, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” If we in our humanness find ourselves responding to Emma’s growing ability to communicate, how much more will our heavenly Father be patient with us as we learn to, “talk to Him.” Did you know that “talking to God” or better yet, “talking with God” is really what prayer is about? It is not a formula, a how to, an activity to check off your daily list. Today, when you approach your “prayer time”, forget the formulas and come into the presence of a loving heavenly Father who is waiting to enjoy you right where you are, ready to lead you each step of the way.
Take your next right communication step today. Today may just be the turning of your head with closed eyes toward the sound of His Voice. If you have questions about how to start the conversation with God, please comment below or email me at peggy@peggypearls.