We’ve had multiple tornado warnings this week. A little unusual for October, I might add. But, nevertheless, we’ve spent some time hanging out in the basement of the house.
Wyatt was the only one who seemed to be pretty apprehensive about it. His eyes would get big and he’d ask in a scared, little voice “Mommy, is the tomato coming? Is it going to bring hot lava with it?”
I just had to smile and shake my head. “No, Buddy,” I said. “The tornado isn’t going to bring hot lava with it.”
Anyone present at the time might have wondered what on earth he was talking about.
But I knew.
Sometimes their words don’t have to be articulate for me to understand what’s on their heart. I can gather the meaning through their frustration, their cries, their mispronunciations…because they’re my kids and our connection is stronger than any other.
I know them well. So well, in fact, that words are often not even needed.
It reminds me of the following passage of scripture. I took this from The Message Bible because it translates so well:
Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. (Romans 8:26-28)
Our words don’t always have to be articulate, either. We may not even understand our own thoughts.
But the Spirit does. Our hearts can be crying out in confused distress and the Spirit keeps our access to God open. He makes certain that He intercedes on our behalf, even when nothing makes sense to us.
Because He knows us far better.
I will answer them before they even call to me.
While they are still talking about their needs,
I will go ahead and answer their prayers! (Isaiah 65:24)
**Day 3 of #write31days