If you were to be a fly on the wall in our house you may need dictionaries from a few different languages. Ramos is the only one who is linguistically gifted – I’m pretty rubbish at picking up new languages, but somehow we have ended up speaking English with a twist – splattering of words from Chichewa and Afrikaans. But even knowing Chichewa and Afrikaans may not help you understand our conversation as quite unashamedly we take words from other languages and given them different meanings. For example we love to go for two for one citizens at Spur on a Monday. You see citizen in Afrikaans is burger, which causes me great delight when I see a South African ID book – it amuses me every time! Not all our language is actually related to the translation. There is a trucking company here called Slabbert Burger – which has come is used in our house to mean you are feeling very lazy – you are a Slabbert Burger!
I also grew up in a family that took different meanings to words – a strimmer is not a lawn edging machine but curling tongs, thus named as the ladies in our family have thick abundant hair that seems to swallow curling tongs and require painful ripping out of hair to free us. A gap station is a power station (there are gaps between round disks on the wires!)
These secret family meaning of words are special and express and intimacy between us. In the same way I’m so grateful that there is a secret language between my heavenly Father and I.
Romans 8:26-27 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
When I run out of words and vocabulary to pray the Holy Spirit intercedes directly from my heart to Gods – I don’t need the right words for Him to know what I need to express. When words can’t describe the yearning, the disappointment, the hurt, the pain, the confusion, the longing He understands. When words fail the Spirit translates our heart for God our Father.
Thank you Lord that you always understand my heart even when I when I struggle myself to put words to my feelings.