I was doing my studying this morning and had to sit for a spell and ponder. I’ve received some news that I didn’t want to hear. I have to have a kidney biopsy next week. I am not thrilled with this because, 1) I have no idea what they will find 2) I know the procedure is “uncomfortable” (doctor’s words) and 3) I don’t like to be knocked out and not have control of my situation.
Do we ever have control over our situations? I think we can make choices that have certain outcomes, but even in making though choices, we really don’t know what the future holds. We can go to college and plan on being a teacher, graduate and there be no teaching jobs available. I work with a handful of people at the library that got their education degrees and can’t find a job. We can save and save only to lose our jobs and have to dip into those savings. We can take supplements, exercise daily only to suffer a heart attack.
Does all of that mean that we should not plan? No! God wants us to make wise choices, and plan for our futures. We need to be wise. Wisdom is a discipline. While the gift of wisdom is our birthright, that is, while we are born with the capacity to become wise, we have to develop that capacity through disciplined observations. We have to think before we act.
I think we can live by practical matters as explained by Rabbi Rami Shapiro in his book Proverbs: Annotates & Explained: The wise learn from the softest whisper; the ignorant sleep through the loudest alarm. I believe if I am truly seeking God’s wisdom than I can hear his small whisper. If I am walking in my own accord, I will NOT hear the loudest of alarms. I will be walking like the ignorant. I love that analogy. Don’t allow your mind to be seduced by your own wisdom, but rather reach down inside, take time to ponder, seek the LORD, and then act. But, seek first the kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33 NIV
Lord, you’ve slowed me down to seek and ponder and to give You the control of my circumstances. I am allowing You to give me the wisdom through Your Spirit during this uncertain time in my life. Thank you to the many who are praying for me. Please bless them!