Many of you have never met my youngest son, Levi. Levi is 6 years old and has a rare condition called Tetrasomy 9p. It is a rare genetic disorder, and according to the National Organization of Rare Disorders, only about 30 cases had been reported in medical literature as of 2001. When people meet Levi, most understand there is something different about him. The most telling feature is that is verbal language is very limited. People do not know why he doesn’t speak back to them; it is because he cannot. His main form of communication is sign language, and he knows about 230 words. He understands a lot more, but his speech is hindered.
Levi is my son and a gift from God. He is a blessing, and there are things I have learned from our journey. One lesson is how much our heavenly father longs to hear from his children. It was December of 2015, and the age of 5, when I first heard Levi say, “Dada.” There was an overflow of joy that is beyond description. He knew me, I knew him, but it was a whole new experience when he was able to cry out to me. He could call me and get my attention, he could verbally acknowledge me as his father, and he could tell others who I am. This is part of the message of Romans 8:14-15, “ For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ “
When we come to know God, through Christ we are able to call on God as a Father, we can call, and he gives us his attention, and we can tell others who He indeed is. It is a fantastic gift to us, but it is something that God desires! He desires to hear the voice of his children initially and continually. The way this happens is through prayer.
I long for him to be able to tell me what is wrong, what he is thinking, and what happened throughout his day. As our Father, God desires these same things from his children. Time does not permit me to provide multiple Scripture references but know that God delights in communicating with his children. Proverbs 15:8 tells us “. . . God delights in the prayers of the upright . . .” Will you talk to him today? God desires you to hear from him, but he also wants to hear from you.