When my daughter was six months old, we began teaching her sign language. We knew that her motor skills would develop before her verbal skills, so we taught her basic signs to help her communicate during meal time, such as “thank you”, “please”, “more” and “all done”. We kept at it for three months before the first sign emerged from her hands.
In the same token, I began singing the alphabet song in English and French to Kariss from birth. For nearly two years I knew she enjoyed hearing me sing it, but I had no tangible evidence whether or not it resonated with her mind. Then one day she delighted her father and I with a full repetition of the song in both languages without any prompting on our part.
Young children exhibit a prime example of sowing the seed of faith. Would you ever expect your child to learn their letters or numbers after only hearing them one time? Then why is it so often the case in our spiritual walk that we give up on someone after one prayer or one invitation to church? Just as our children hear and retain everything we say (both good and bad) without necessarily responding right away, so to does our heavenly Father hear our prayers without always providing an immediate response.
When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. – 1 Cor 15:37
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.” – Matt13:31-32