“For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.” Proverbs 9:11
With March having been my birthday month and the 6th-- the day I was born to a young single teenage mom, I have realized that you don’t get older, you get wiser. Isn’t that a refresher right there!? You can put the anti-aging cream down now! YOU get wiser. Wisdom, as God says, is the beginning of knowledge. Wisdom is also the beginning of understanding who we are not and who God is. As I realize this, so many things come to light for me. Even in the midst of my wandering and everything that I have gone through. Life is so good right now. Not that everything good is going on, but I can see my eternal gift of what life is for me at this very moment. I can see the good in everything.
As I celebrated my birthday, it wasn’t the cake, or the gifts, or even the close family and friend’s well wishes and love (don’t get me wrong-this does make you feel great), but this birthday for me, it was something deeper that I got to see. The soundness of something that was quiet for a long time in my life-- that I had actually had years added to my life, that I was wiser because of God’s wisdom in my life.
All the moments of seeking the very thing that I lacked: what my mom could not give me in my upbringing, what friends could not teach me, what my own understanding could not produce--WISDOM
****disclaimer**** I surely do not have it all together and I don’t even consider myself fully there yet or super wise.****
But, I can see the blooming of God’s wisdom in my life. How I have become wiser than before. How his wisdom helped me when I had no answers in my moments of darkness. How it produced an understanding--God’s understanding in my life. Mommy moments(too many of them) where I felt defeated, where I felt discouraged, where I even felt that I was trying to be God to my kids versus Mom, Yes, these are real moments that I am not ashamed to share while I was gently held by the hand that never let me go. There when I had tears of frustration in my graduate classes(which I am still in—pushing through), wisdom granted me many years that I know only came from my creator. For His ways and thoughts are higher and are not like mine.
What an eternal perspective and what an eternal gift! I realized that prayer profoundly changed my life. When I didn’t know what to do, what to say, or where to go, God’s wisdom showed me that prayer was how I could get clarity and peace. Through my trials and tribulations, my amazing moments of joy and rejoicing, I grew wiser. There is a verse that I love in addition to many that I indulge in. This one really paints a great perspective of getting God’s wisdom:
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man(woman), I put the ways of childhood behind me." 1 Corinthians 13:11 NIV
I could sit here and write so many childish moments in my adult life that gratefully God is causing to work for my good. But, if I can be extra real for a moment--
How many of us are still responding childishly to things that do not require our attention? Still working so hard for people to like and love you? Questioning our uniqueness? Living in discouragement? Still despising wisdom and instruction? Constantly changing ourselves? Continuing with trust issues as God is trying to send people in your life to love, edify, and be there for you?
My prayer is that we could share my spiritual birthday cake of God’s wisdom and that we may be encouraged in the heart while united in love in Christ.
I close with this verse from James 3:17: “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere.
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