The Wisdom of My 4yearold
by Lyn Ruth
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In the early years of my marriage, and when my sons were very young, I used to have weekly consultations with a seer. Friday, I was told, was the best day to have my fortune told. The old woman from the neighborhood would come promptly at 3 in the afternoon. It was a holy hour, she said, because that was the time that Jesus died on the cross. I did not know then that she was using Christ's death in order to gain my confidence.
She used a crystal ball to peek into my future. She would tell me assuring things that I wanted to hear: my husband would be successful in his profession, my sons would do well in school, I would be able to make a lot money, no one would get sick... and so many guarantees of a bright tomorrow. Then, she would shuffle her tarot cards, asked me to pick two or three, and then she would interpret them. Again, the old soothsayer would be able to convince me that prospects were good for the time ahead. I did not have to worry about anything.
The session would usually last for an hour. I could ask her any question and she would answer them readily, intuitively, and smartly. If I asked her if my husband was faithful, she would say that even if he were not, I would still be his only love so he would always come back to me. Although her answer would pinch my heart a bit, my faith in the word of this woman helped me feel better.
This weekly mystic meetings went on for quite a while. I would, of course, pay the woman a certain amount each time and it was not cheap at all. Quite an investment I was having at that time, just so I would be certain about the forthcoming events of my life and that of my family.
One Friday afternoon, when the old woman was about to leave after our usual hour, I saw her pacing back and forth at our front yard. I asked her about the matter. She said she could not find her pair of slippers. You see, she had the habit of leaving her slippers by the front door before entering my house.
I helped her look for them but the search was futile. I was about to lend her one of my own pairs when I saw my four-year-old son impishly smiling at me. I knew then that he had something to do with the missing slippers.
"Son, do you know where the kind woman's slippers are.", I asked my son as gently as I could.
His smile became even bigger. "I won't tell", he mischievously said.
The old woman became irritated. "You will tell me where my slippers are, little one."
I was surprised at the old woman's tone of voice toward my 4-year-old. I would have given her a piece of my mind when my son laughingly said: "No, I won't tell you! You're a fortune teller. Why don't you use your crystal ball to find your missing slippers?" The woman's face became so red with shame as she hurriedly turned to leave.
I stared with wonderment at my little boy. Then I took him in my arms and with a long embrace I said:"My darling son, you saved my life today. You taught me a very important lesson, something that I was too blind to see. How could I have entrusted that woman with our future when she could not even say where her slippers were?"
It was a simple lesson from a 4-year-old but it was full of wisdom. I was already a Christian at that time. With contrite heart, I knelt down before God and asked for his forgiveness. I thanked Him for using my son to let me see the truth. I turned to the Bible and there I read in Deuteronomy 18:9-11: When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. (New International Version)
Friday afternoons are still important to me but no longer with the psychic. They are always spent in church for prayer meetings and other Christian activities. God is so faithful. All along, even when I was in the dark, He was there to protect my family and me. He alone is our past, our present, and our future.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." (Deuteronomy 31:6)
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Out of the mouths of babes! So glad the Lord used your son to get your attention. With love, Deb (Challenge Coodinator)