Good Evening, God!
Another lovely S L O W day here in Tucson. How is it, God, that we (well me and most of the working folks) lead such busy lives. Lives in which we rush from one To Do to the next.
This morning, my grandson Ian and I left for school 5 minutes earlier than we usually do. And mid-way through the drive I thought — gosh, this is so much more relaxing! Just five minutes early made everything better. Please help me, God, shift my time back 5 minutes!
But, on to this photo. I’m in Mark’s bedroom as he is away in college. And I love looking out his window at the Santa Catalina mountains. This photo of this peak is my favorite part of the lovely mountain range. And last week I discovered that the pointy “thimble shaped” peak had a name! Thimble Peak i I was delighted.
I think names are far more important that we realize. Names make us “findable” — they confirm our being-ness. You, God, know us all by name! And the Morning Stars are known by name. I even enjoy the small pleasures of knowing and using the names of the people working around me.
Then yesterday, while I was sipping my morning coffee outside and gazing happily at Thimble Peak I thought about how American mothers teach their children the names of nouns first, while Japanese mothers teach verbs first. An America mother might hand her child a ball and say BALL — while a Japanese mother would hand her child a ball and say I GIVE you the ball. Hmm. Might the emphasis on nouns make our culture a bit more THING focused?
Might I possibly be too thing focused?
Perhaps GIVE is a perfect “first” word to learn.
Please help me pray about that.