A year ago, my 4 year old son had a bad accident with a head injury. He’s fine now (and he’s 5) – doing great.
At the time, however, at the children’s hospital, he had to all of the tests, stitches, etc. One thing they gave him was medicine called ketamine that is like anesthesia and made him forget the surgical, head stitches he received.
Every day that week, my wife was really honing in on working hard and what it means to do your best for the Lord. She homeschools and used the Bible teaching time to talk about different proverbs and passages of the Bible on hard work.
One of those she used was Proverbs 10:4 (ESV): “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.”*
She had hammered it home well apparently. Before we were leaving the hospital, the doctors asked my son to take just a few steps. When he did, he looked down at the floor and my wife and I overheard him say to himself with a serious tone, shaking his head, and this somber look on his face: “Whoa, I feel like I have a slack hand.”
My wife had emphasized that laziness and drunkenness often cause one to have a “slack hand” which leads to poverty and he RECOGNIZED what he was feeling was making him feel woozy and lazy like a drunkard!
It’s amazing what the Lord brings to our remembrance when we are taught His Word – even at age 4!
-Mark (thankful for a diligent wife who teaches God’s Word to our children; for God’s merciful sparing of my son’s life; and His teaching in the heart of my little one – the Holy Spirit was at work in conjunction with God’s Word!)