After high school I moved to Charlotte, NC to intern at a very well known ministry. My roommate was an amazing young lady who was studying to be a counselor and soon after we became roommates I discovered that she was bilingual. She was born in Cuba and her parents had come to the United States when she was 2. The crazy thing was that when I met her I could not detect even a hint of her ability to speak Spanish. Until the first time she called home and I didn’t hear a single word of English! I couldn’t understand anything she was saying…until I heard my name mentioned…so then I wanted to know what she was telling them about me!
My roommates’ ability to be able to weave back and forth between two languages was a gift. Never was I more grateful for her gift than when I traveled home with her to stay with her family during spring break that year. While her parents understood a smattering of English, they spoke next to none. Without her we had very little chance of really communicating with each other.
There are so many things in this world that we just cannot understand on our own. God has given us the gift of understanding. 2 Timothy 2:7 (NASB) says, “Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.” Without His understanding we might find ourselves in really difficult situations that we would have little hope of finding our way through. We can be thankful today to receive God’s gift of Understanding.