Although we normally stay home in the morning and homeschool, I felt it best to run to the store early.
Later in the day more people are out and it means everything takes longer.
First, I drove us to the nursery.
I want to plant a few shrubs along the fence and I only have one.
Maybe it was the pollen, maybe it was because my asthma has been kicked up, but whatever the reason my voice disappeared at the garden center.
Jase was with me and I was signing to him.
I couldn’t find the plants, they were not where they’d been.
Finally, I decided to ask someone.
I was a bit nervous as to how this was going to work, because Jase was struggling with reading my sign.
When we walked over and stood quietly nearby the worker, I prayed.
She finished what she was doing and turned to help.
I signed and Jase said what I was saying right up to the plant name.
Most names you have to finger spell and I did.
Jase simply read each letter as I spelled it and I was so thankful the lady listening was able to catch the name.
It was an answer to prayer, because I had no idea what else to do other than spell the name.
I’d forgotten my paper and pencil, so I couldn’t write it down.
(I will be asking the Lord to remind me the next time!)
The worker explained why I couldn’t find them, they were sold out.
Thankfully they are getting more in about a week.
We’d barely arrived home when Sis dropped in.
She needed to run to Home Depot and asked if I wanted to ride along.
I was happy to, although I still couldn’t talk.
Jase had school work he could do without me, so I hopped in.
As she drove I signed and we had a nice conversation.
She smiled at the stop light and said, “When I was part of the Deaf Bible Study I kept wondering why God would have me learn sign.”
“I thought maybe we would have a deaf child. I never thought I’d need it for you.”
I smiled back and signed to her how much I appreciate her knowing sign so I can converse.
We got to the store and put the babies into the cart.
As we shopped I continued to sign about the plants or other things.
Sis needed a new bathroom sink and vanity.
It was in the midst of looking them over that I looked at our granddaughter.
Her eyes were fixed on mine and I realized:
She was signing to me!
We’ve been teaching her signs along with words.
She had been watching me sign to her Mommy and wanted to be part of the conversation.
My heart overflowed!
What a precious gift!
Our family has learned and is continuing to learn a second language because of my silence.
I noticed a few people’s surprise at watching me sign to our granddaughter.
It just added to the joy.
Truly, the struggles and difficulties which life can bring God will use for good if we will surrender ourselves completely before Him.
Yesterday, was another precious reminder of God’s faithfulness.
Watching our little grandbaby carefully signing: “Yes, flowers, yes!”
She liked the plants I had placed in the cart next to her.
Proverbs 17:6 KJV — Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
Praise the Lord!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your Word and Your goodness. Thank You for my family, who cares so much for me. Thank You for ASL and for teaching our family. Lord, thank You for the previous moments yesterday. Thank You that each day holds blessings from You. Please help me to be aware and thankful. I love You, Jesus. Amen.