One wild winter day while the North winds
a boywind sat
in the weak sun
suffering a childhood case
of the wind-who o o s
as all little winds
one day or another.
in the rivers and streams,
but I can’t see me,”
the little boywind.
“Tell me, great motherly, southerly Mama,
do the bears, bunnies, and birds
Do you see a bunny wind
whistling his song?
grumbles grizzly bear
does he look and see a cub wind
howl and shake berries to the ground
for dear old honey bear?
cackle, cackle honk the geese
flying to the east
did they see a gosling wind
chasing after them?
And the boyman, Mama, he sees me
or does he see himself
in the wind?”
What do I look like, mama,
What is me?”
“Wind-who o o, Wind-who o o,
who can you be?
For sure, a wind can’t be seen,
my little boywind, for all the bluster and breeze,”
said the gentle motherly wind.
“but a wind you feel
and in your heart you see
a wind can embrace even a snake,
The bunny feels you blow
the bear feels you cool
the geese feel you
lift them high in the sky
the boyman feels all
in the spring summer, winter fall
and so they walk with you
run with you
stop and pause
at your caress
and smile at the touch.
how you make bears, bunnies, birds,
is how they see you
“There have been big dreams and little dreams in my life — that I have asked God to help me fulfill. Sometimes my plan is not His plan — and I let go. Sometimes, His plan unfolds in His time, not my time — so there is a lot of waiting. Sometimes, I just need more experience so that I have what it takes to handle what I have asked for” (Cry Ye Sarah’s Unto the Lord, Sanctified Together).
“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).
Dreams walked out are God’s design, God’s gift. Not always in the way I plan – but for every step in every dream walked out, God prepared in advance for that step.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10).
When I prayed for God to bless me with a second child, a 3 to 4 year prayer – He prepared for that child, started equipping me ahead of time to overcome the challenges of dreams born and lived out.
God doesn’t give you a gift you are not ready to handle.
Where the Wild Winds Blow led to The Secret of Finding Windwho o o s which I thought initially was a fun, little story of a little boywind who can’t see himself trying to “picture” himself. Those stories that roll around within me become skeins of ideas that eventually are knitted into a scarf of a story – when I am in relationship with the Father, those whisps of ideas are blown into my mind, into my heart from Him – and there is much more to their making than I realize.
“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass … Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37: 4,7).
My son, born a few years after my windy stories were written down, was diagnosed with CAPD (Central Auditory Processing Disorder) in the 3rd grade. This dream walked out proved to come with a challenge. The mama grizzly within me knew there was a communication processing snafu (thank you graduate linguistics classes) – and, well, I just didn’t give up trying to figure out what was going on (the challenge).
For a child who couldn’t hear tone, who heard 1 out of every 3 words correctly if he wasn’t looking at your mouth, whose hearing was reduced from 95% to 25% with the addition of background noise . . . . The message within the story was a tool that prepared me to deal with communication needs:
There’s more to communication than words. How do you respond to “You’re a pig?”
Literally, “You’re a pig” says you are a dirty, filthy animal.
If you add other communication context, like a teasing, friendly tone,
those words might mean, “You’re my bud.”
If you can’t hear tone, though, you might try reading facial expression to determine the correct context of “You’re a Pig”
A smile? Quivering Chin? A Shouting Expression on your Face? Eyes slid to the right? Each facial expression gives the phrase a different meaning.
But, what if someone shows no emotion? You know, there are people who do that – Don’t show emotion. When they speak, you don’t know if they’re speaking in camaraderie, aggression, love, hate, frustration, anger, hurt
And, that’s where body language comes in, followed by context clues.
When you have a child who struggles with interpreting communication, who feels frustrated, hurt and all torn up inside, you not only deal with communication coming at him – you also deal with communication returned from your child.
How do you teach a child to respond to the mine field of communication – when at least half of communication has the ability to provoke immense anger and hurt?
The underlying theme of loving your neighbors as yourself, as treating others as you want to be treated, that no matter how someone makes you feel, respond how you want to be treated.
Understand the cause/effect of your communication.
The one interpretation you should never have to doubt – is the interpretation of your actions:
how you make bears, bunnies, birds,
is how they see you
God knows the needs of each of our children – and He has prepared in advance for the challenges of those needs. Do not doubt for a moment that God is not surprised. You might be – but He is not.
“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16: 9).
Are you in the midst of a challenge? Are you looking for a solution?
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
God started working on your challenges before you even started dreaming dreams, praying prayers.
Look back at the challenge you are standing in the midst of right now. Do you see clues that God knew about that challenge before you did? Clues that He has been working on the solution?
What an awesome gift!
A ChristDay EveryDay gift!