We were sitting in my truck together outside of the Florida Mall in Orlando 2 days before Christmas. Ammaw and Pop (Grandma and Grandpa) were inside grabbing a few gifts. We had just picked them up from the airport. For my 5 year old son and me, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s in these times of just casually talking together that we have the most significant conversations. And so it happened that day.
We decided to pray together for a 3 year old boy suffering from Meningitis. He is related to a friend in our church family. Caleb prayed for him to feel better and for his parents not to be too sad. Our prayer sparked a conversation in which Caleb said 2 very profound things.
I asked him if he knew that the Bible says we are to never ever stop praying. He said he did not know that. I asked him if he thought that meant just talking to God. He said it must mean listening to God, too. I asked him did he listen to God. He said yes. I asked him how he heard God speak to him. HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what he said Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ã¢â‚¬Å“I just hear him, Daddy. I just hear him in my mind.Ã¢â‚¬?
That led to me telling Caleb how thankful I am for him and how much God uses him to make me better. I asked him if he knew that Ã¢â‚¬â€œ that he made his Daddy a better Daddy and a better person. He said he did know that. Then he said Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ã¢â‚¬Å“I make you better by slowing you down.Ã¢â‚¬?
Caleb definitely does make me better by slowing me down, making me remember daily what really matters. Thank you Caleb.
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s to us all listening to God and loving one another and making each other better. AND, having more of a 5 year old outlook.
Happy New Year!