'Boy Talk' Car Rides
"For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6
Back in the day on early weekday mornings you would have found me in my car, driving my boys across the mountain to their beloved school building. For many years we had a pretty lengthy commute to the front door of their educational institution (before we moved, practically in the schools back door). I wanted to use that time wisely and pour into them as much Jesus as I could before dropping them off for a day spent navigating terrain that I knew wouldn't always be easy and loving and kind to my children.
Some of our best conversations happened during our car rides, whether they had thoughts about what was going on in class or a problem with a friend. On some rare occasions there might have been some talk about their faith and what the Bible says about certain things. Those car rides were so special to me. I chose to be calm, happy, upbeat and positive on most mornings so that I could invest in them and enjoy some time of peace before the busy day was to begin for all of us.
I was a mom who thrived on peaceful, calm, easy mornings. Soft, quiet voices to start our day was best for us (and still is for me). We would listen to some praise music and a word from Dr. James Dobson's Focus on the Family. I know that I probably got more out of each episode than the boys, but I prayed the Lord used that to plant seeds in their heart and I was there when questions arose about any topic that was mentioned.
I gained so much insight on how to be a boy mom from our car ride each morning. Boys don't always engage in heart to heart conversations easily, so whenever the opportunity would occur to speak life into them, I took it.
I didn't always have an answer for their questions so I would silently pray for God to give me words, sometimes those words being, "I don't know." I was never afraid of admitting I didn't know but I was sure to find the answer and go back to them with it. I knew deep in my spirit if I didn't take their comments and questions serious enough to get back to them with the answers they wouldn't bother asking me anymore. I needed to seek wisdom because I knew that what I would say could possibly stick with them for years to come.
There are so many times in our life that we question God and His Word and I have found the more I rely on His wisdom and guidance and less on my own, the more I see the Holy Spirit moving and working in and through me.
"A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel." (Prov. 1:5)
I love you & He loves you more!
Lord, Thank You for the precious memories of those car rides that will stay with me for the rest of my life. And thank You even more for the wisdom I received when I needed it most. May I always lean into You for Your wisdom. In Jesus' name. Amen.