- Any Guesses? by Raymond Larose “Flickr” cc
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. – Genesis 1:3 (NIV)
Have you ever had one of those a-ha! moments in your life where you knew that it just had to be God working? I remember the application process to graduate school being one of those moments in my life. I applied early, before the January deadline, which meant that I had a significantly longer time to wait than if I had applied later. I was a nervous wreck for those few months! After years of working hard in school, finding internships and preparing applications I was stuck. Finally I received one offer from a school that I had applied to on a whim. I didn’t know why they were the only ones that were interested in me but I took my chances. Good thing that I followed through because it was on that interview that I met my husband. It took awhile to realize it was God leading me to the man that he had created to be my life partner. “A-ha,” I said. I see what you are doing, Lord! Pray that you can keep your eyes open so that God can turn on the light in your life.
… I will celebrate before the LORD.—2 Samuel 6:21
Who doesn’t love to celebrate? Whether it is to grab a congratulatory dinner, wedding reception or simple glass of champagne to toast good fortune there are things in life, that I feel, deserve to be celebrated. I’ve been thinking frequently about celebrations. I have been given the honor of being the maid of honor if two of my lifelong friends’ weddings. With the “MOH” status comes responsibilities to plan showers and bachelorette parties, attend bridal fittings and other numerous pre-wedding activities. So in other words, lots of celebrations. But in all that, where do we take the time to celebrate God?
It is scary to think of the expectations that come with bachelorette parties. Thanks, media. On film, women go to Vegas, get wasted and no doubt do things that they will regret or explain to their significant other the morning after. But why? Why do these events have to be portrayed that way? Sure, celebrate with girlfriends but don’t sacrifice your dignity because you want to have a good time. In other words, whether God is invited to the celebration or not, He’ll show up anyway.
Consider that. God will show up anyway. Would the same activities occur if God was physically there? Likely not. Sure, this may be a different take on the verse from Samuel but it is, in my opinion, a solid point to consider.
For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. – Proverbs 2:6
What is Wisdom? I like to think of it as the wrinkles that we as humans earn as we age. For instance in the photo above. This woman is so beautiful. Kind of a great reason not to get Botox or plastic surgery! Is it knowing the right thing to say at the right time? Don’t we all strive for that? Is it the perfect answer to a question? Is it the difference between right and wrong? Can it only be possessed by those who are our elders?
Where do we get Wisdom? According to Proverbs we get wisdom from the Lord. For from his mouth come wisdom and understanding. Repeat that again. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. And again in James 1:5 it says that “if any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
But why? Why would the Lord bestow this gift upon us? By definition: it is the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement. Naturally as our loving Father, the Lord wants us to be able to make good decisions. And perhaps when we don’t have the experience to make a decision due to lack of experience He is instructing us to turn to him. And he will provide.
Life is often a series of decisions. I’ve had made many life changing decisions such as where I attended high school, college or graduate school. Should I stay in graduate school? Can I solve a problem in a relationship with a friend? Should I quit that organization? Should I leave that church? What do I believe? Am I compromising who I am? Reflecting on these choices, I remember them being incredibly stressful but by giving them over to God and allowing Him to lead me to the right answers definitely softens the process. So pray for God’s wisdom in your life.