God spoke an audible word to me through my five year old.
Before I tell you what he said, I've got to back up and give you the background.
At some point last year I began thinking about the happy, joyful side of God's heart. It is not part of His character that I think on often and yet I know it is part of who He is.
The moment I found out we were having another child, I had one simple request. It wasn't for specifics on looks or health. It wasn't for any type of perfection. It was simply that this child would reflect the joy and laughter of the Father. So for months I've prayed this over our daughter, that her life would reflect the joy and laughter of her Creator.
Yesterday morning I was laying in bed praying before I got up. As I was praying, I was once again praying for our daughter's life to reflect the joy and laughter of God's heart. It was as I was praying that the most unusual, amazing thing happened.
My five year old silently crawled up into the bed with me. He is not a snuggler with me. Now, him with his Daddy is another story. That boy will snuggle his Daddy all day long, but he is not typically affectionate with me, so the sheer fact that he was quietly snuggling me was precious.
As we laid in the quiet, I kept praying silently and was enjoying being cheek to baby soft cheek with my littlest fella. It was in the quiet that my child uttered one word.
"What did you just say?" I asked.
"Did you just say Laughter?"
"Yes. What does that mean Mama?"
"Well, laughter is when your heart is filled with joy and you laugh. It is a happy thing."
That was it. That was the end of the short conversation. I had been laying in the quiet of the morning praying about joy and laughter and God sent my five year old son to crawl in bed and speak the word laughter into the quiet morning. He didn't even know what the word he uttered meant.
Sometimes the way God speaks so personally to us blows me away. He knows I've been anxious about having a daughter. He knows that for a decade I have raised boys and that is where my comfort zone lies. All these months He has heard my request over this new life and yesterday morning He decided to surprise me and speak the word out loud into the quiet.
"As faith continues to speak, God continues to give."
"Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."
"Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."
"Have we come to the point where we have met God in His everlasting NOW?"
"True faith relies on God and believes before seeing."
"Faith that believes it will see"
"We will laugh at seemingly impossible situations while we watch with delight to see how God is going to open a path through our Red Sea."
Streams In The Desert, February 17th