This is a big deal because while most of his friends and his cousins could sit by the hour putting together those tiny little bits and pieces to make fantastic creations by 5 or 6 years of age, our Storyteller couldn't. Those little pieces frustrated him no end. His fine motor skills were not up to the challenge, and his patience and concentration would falter. His lack of attention to detail did not match well with those Lego instructions either.
Our Storyteller has other wonderful skills, and is a fine young boy. If he never played with Lego, I would not have been too concerned. His strengths lie in other areas. He has a heart for God, and a love of the Word that I have never seen in a child his age. He memorizes with ease, and words are his friends. He is always very sorry when he breaks things, because he has had lots of practice with apologies! His vocabulary is terrific and his forgiveness is quick and complete. He is a genuine boy, a loyal brother and a caring friend.
And now, he 'gets' Lego.
We noticed this summer that things were finally coming together for our boy - he found baseball, and small successes in baseball have lead to confidence for other physical challenges. I think he may even try swimming lessons again, though he failed Pollywogs 3 times and may be the tallest child in his class, I think he is finally ready. Little successes lead to other wonderful things, so this is a joy to my mother's heart!
Now, all of the times I have left those big bins of Lego at the Thrift Stores are coming back to haunt me !!! I left them, knowing he wasn't ready, knowing that other boys and girls would have fun with them, and knowing that one of God's names is 'Provider', and that His timing never fails. I know the verse in Philippians 4 about God supplying all of our needs refers to our spiritual needs, and is not a promise for material wealth, but I have also seen God's ample provision for even the smallest of our needs - and Lego's are no trouble for Him! So, we are on the hunt for Lego, and looking forward to the next time we get to go thrifting!
We are starting the new year with a blessing! Isn't God good to just bless this simple mama's heart with a small step forward right at the start of a fresh beginning?
*** I 'borrowed' the Lego picture - those are not ours - he just has two small sets for now ***