Plus I had trouble trilling my "R"s which was essential for Spanish.
All these years later certain phrases stand out to me, such as "ferme la bouche," which means "close your mouth," or as teens in my day said, "shut your mouth."
Another favorite is "je suis trempé jusqu'aux os" which I always thought meant "I am soaked to the skin," but the inter webs tell me it can also mean "drenched to the bone."
It's so magical on the tongue. I love to say it; but the question is, when can I use such a phrase in real life? Other than a random rain storm that might catch me unawares, when would I get soaked?
As my readers know, I relate everything to my spiritual journey. Just so happens yesterday, I was studying this passage in Psalm 84:
Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, They make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools.They go from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion.
The Valley of Baca means the valley of weeping. Have you ever had a tear-soaked layover on this journey we call life?
I'm sure we all experience times of weeping.
The question is ... how we react to those times? Do we emerge stronger? or bitter?
The whole emphasis of Psalm 84 is to point out that a person whose heart is to spend time in the presence of His God will be strengthened and have all he/she needs. Self-reliance or trusting in worldly resources will never help during heartbreaking times. Steeping ourselves in His presence, in His Word, and setting our heart on eternity will satisfy our longings. A person who does these things will go from "strength to strength."
Don't hold this earthly life so closely. Remember, we are just aliens journeying Home. This is not the final destination!
My prayer is to be able to say je suis trempé jusqu'aux os with Him!
This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt #2. Write a blog post inspired by the word: soaked. To read more responses, or to join in, visit Kat at Mama's Losin' It.
I'm also linking up with the communities at #FreshMarketFriday and Grace&Truth.