There’s an interesting phenomenon I’ve noticed in my lovely Bride. When she’s in the presence of a dog or baby, she breaks into this sweet, falsetto voice. She only does this when she’s addressing the dog or baby, and it’s quite prominent when she employs this high-level frequency.
We now have a one-year-old granddaughter living nearby. In the same household, there’s a three-year-old “grand-puppy.” On occasion, we do some babysitting, as most grandparents are prone to do. Often, there’ssome coincidental puppy sitting involved as well. When this occurs, the falsetto kicks into full gear.
The big plus of all this is I always know when she’s not speaking to me. If she’s using her high tones, she’s speaking to the baby or the dog. If her normal voice returns, I have to zero in to be sure of what she’s saying. It could be directed my way. I wouldn’t want to miss her womanly directives.
“Maybe it’s a grandma thing.”
I’ve tried to analyze all this, but I’m not sure I’ve nailed it as yet. One thing I’m pretty sure is true. She doesn’t do it on purpose. I think something just kicks in when the baby (or the puppy) happens to be around. I don’t quite get why that is, but it’s definitely automatic. Maybe it’s a grandma thing.
Another thing I’m sure of is this. She never speaks to me in falsetto. I haven’t quite figured out if that’s a good thing or if I should be worried. I don’t want to overthink that one. I’ll probably get myself into all sorts of trouble if I do.
All this, of course, leads to the inevitable question. Did Jesus talk to animals and kids in his falsetto voice? Did he even use his falsetto voice? Inquiring minds want to know.
The Bible is (at least in my mind) the greatest book of writings ever collected. However, it deeply fails us at points like this. Don’t you want to know if Jesus ever spoke to babies in falsetto?
There are a lot of things I’d like to know about Jesus that probably fall into this category. For example: Did Jesus like to play games? Did Jesus tell jokes? Did Jesus horse around with his buddies? Did he even have buddies?
We’d proclaim laughter to be a sin.”
Because we don’t have answers to things like this, we tend to see Jesus as one-dimensional. We seldom assign him a personality. If we do, we haven’t a clue as to whether it’s the correct one or not.
I suppose (in the long run) that’s a good thing. If more of this stuff was laid out and explained for us, we’d undoubtedly point to them and say, “This is how we ought to be.” If Jesus played with a dreidel, for example, we’d all have one. If he never laughed, we’d proclaim laughter to be a sin. That’s just how we are.
I guess the Lord knew what he was doing when he preserved Scripture the way it is. We couldn’t handle it otherwise.
[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is currently the pastor of Smith Chapel, in Great Falls, VA.]