And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, when the day shall dawn upon us from on high
~ Luke 1:76-78 RSV
Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.
~ Leo Tolstoy
A Wise Child.
This is a poem written by a Nhlanhla Phiri, 14 in South Africa. His future, according to the trends in South Africa, is dim. His father is dead, his mother was unemployed at the time of the video posting. He is unpopular with other children, as he is different. He loves to read, he loves school, he writes poetry. He is an inspiration to the adults with whom he comes in contact with.
I do not know where Jesus was in the years between Christmas and his discovery in the temple, but I cannot help but see the similarities between the children. Nhlanhla entreats us to do what we do, and do it well. He sees himself as a wise man. He is bucking the trend of his classmates.
My favorite line is “Gold is found in the wild.” So much gold is found in Africa, and this living nugget is no exception. I wonder how Jesus was seen by his classmates. His wisdom beyond his years may have been tough in some ways. As a result of his upbringing, there is no one that Jesus does not understand. How he got there is still somewhat of a mystery.
Today, pray for the wise children in this world. They are often ostracized by their peers for doing the very thing that they do best. And while you pray for the children, remember whose you are. And do what you do, and do it well.
Because of Him,