“Apraxia of speech, also known as verbal apraxia or dyspraxia, is a speech disorder in which a person has trouble saying what he or she wants to say correctly and consistently. It is not due to weakness or paralysis of the speech muscles (the muscles of the face, tongue, and lips). The severity of apraxia of speech can range from mild to severe.” (National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders)
A 5-year-old kid, whom I’ve been seeing for almost a year now, has this difficulty. By God’s grace, he has improved significantly. He has benefited much from therapeutic intervention and even more from his loving family’s involvement in the entire process. His words were hardly intelligible at the onset, but gradually, we’ve witnessed his development as we began to understand the thoughts he’ve been trying to convey.
And today, his very words rocked my world to the core. And that’s what I want to share.
We were working on an obstacle course, and then out of the blue, he pointed at his shirt with a mark of a small red cross. Afterwards, he stated so clearly: “It’s Jesus. It’s His blood.” He uttered these lines with his arms wide open. It’s as if my jaw dropped at that moment. If I’m not mistaken, it took about a 3- to 5-second lapse prior to formulating a coherent response. I gasped for words, and all I could say was, “Wow, that’s correct. That’s very true.” But in my heart, I knew I was hit to the core.
His very words got into me the entire morning, and I just couldn’t shake it off. It may seem simple and commonplace for some, but the fact that it was said by a kid with a communication problem creates an entirely different category. God can really use any person of any age, any background, any size, any race, and of any condition. The good news could not be stopped!
It was a timely reminder from a kid, who gropes for words in every communication exchange, that it is because of Jesus who made it possible for a sinner (which pertains basically to all of us!) to come into an intimate relationship with God (whom the world always thought was so distant).
It is blood-bought grace, life, and freedom that’s being offered to you every waking moment. The only thing you need to do is to come before Him in wholehearted, repentant faith to the finished work of Christ. It is the most important decision that you could make in this lifetime, my friend.
I recount: “It’s Jesus. It’s His blood.”
I practically don’t know how he learned to utter these words, but it’s a far cry from being an accident.
If you’re reading this now, this is equally far from just a coincidence too. It may be for you to come to the saving knowledge of Christ; or it may be a message for a Christ-follower to stop hiding and begin boldly living out your faith.
To my dear student, I am humbled and am eternally thankful for your life. Your very words you’ve preached about this morning, are definitely the ones worth telling.