Now and again I have a wonderful serendipity. And very rarely it coincides with a fantastic epiphany. Actually, I could probably count on one hand the serendipitous epiphanies that have occurred. I blogged about one epiphanic moment already.
But the one episode of a fantastic epiphany that I remember as though it were yesterday occurred many, many years ago when my children were young. It was during the time of year when all the leaves were off the big elm tree right outside my bedroom window, leaving it naked and exposed. As I sat on my bed worrying about my children, for whatever reason I had to worry at the time, and praying about them, I got out my Bible and began to thumb through it, reading a Scripture here and a Scripture there.
And there it was. In black and white. Written from ages ago. A piece of wisdom so important it should be recorded in the Word.
“Children are stupid.”
OHMYGOSH!!! I remember looking up at the naked elm tree and thinking, “That’s right. Children are stupid.” They act the way they do because they are just plain old downright stupid. Why else are we instructed to train them up in the way they should go? How else can one explain some of the really stupid things they do? Especially the very nanosecond that the parent has told them not to do it.
The relief from that epiphany was profound! The giddiness of realization in that serendipity was almost euphoric!
Although I have looked and searched and searched and looked through the Bible, different versions, I have never been able to find those words ever again.
Was that an epiphany just for me? A serendipity moment with God? All I am absolutely certain of, it was a moment I will never forget.