A man named Gary finished his pilgramage on earth and walked into heaven almost thirteen years ago. I’ve been thinking a lot about him lately, wondering what he would have to say about 2020. How he would process this pandemic, the election, and the social unrest we face. I know he was a quiet man, but he definitely had his views on many issues and if you asked him he would be happy to chat with you about anything. Gary was a loving husband, devoted father, hard working farmer, and loved his community well.
He was on school and church boards and was involved in a local camp board. He and his wife enjoyed the political process, participating in Iowa caucuses when they were able. He taught the youth at his church, and when one of those youth, a young man he was mentoring, was killed in a car accident, he wept with those who wept. Gary lived his life by example. He wasn’t perfect by any means, but he did show his family and friends how to live. He lived his life according to this verse…
“Mankind, he has told each of you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
Gary was a just man, he loved faithfulness to God and walked humbly with him. As I said earlier in this post, he was a quiet man, but when he spoke I learned to listen. The man named Gary was my dad.
This summer saw an end of an era and the beginning of a new one. After sending kids to public school for twenty three years it’s time to find something else to do with my fall. My baby birdie has graduated from high school and it is a strange feeling not spending a small fortune on supplies. Although now that small fortune goes to college bills, food and gas.
I remember thinking when she was born, how old I would be when she graduated from high school. And now here I am beyond middle age(if I live to be my grandparents age, I’m already past middle age)!!! As I’ve thought about the adventure that awaits, I truly thought I had arrived in the ‘wisdom’ department. Hey, I’ve survived raising four kids, four moves from Iowa to Kansas to Indiana to New York, times 2, and navigating the life of a ministry wife, which I love by the way.
This summer I was
searching the scriptures tearing the Bible apart to understand what it means to be wise. James 3 didn’t disappoint.
It’s not so much what we say that makes us wise, but how we live. Digging deeper into the book of James I found what I was looking for; what it means to be wise. I want to be a woman who fears the Lord, a woman who builds a lovely home; not Sir Fool who comes along and tears it down brick by brick. (Proverbs 14:1, The Message)
Wisdom from above=
- open to reason
- full of mercy and good fruits
- Am I gentle and reasonable?
- Does my life overflow with mercy and blessings?
- Can I do the hard work of getting along with others?
- Can I treat everyone I meet with dignity and honor?
These are all questions I’m asking as I pursue godly wisdom, making sure I don’t put a tomato in fruit salad. By the time this posts I will be flying across the U.S. to eat ravioli with my granddaughter..and visit her parents. And then off to Iowa in October to celebrate my nephew’s wedding. I think I like this new fall schedule.
It was the summer of 2010 when I put my summer reading aside and began an in-depth study of Psalm 119. I studied to know God…love God more.
Out of that study came twenty or so devotions I wrote.
Read Psalm 119:33-40
What does the Psalmist pray for in these verses?
Do I sincerely believe all wisdom comes from God or do I add in the wisdom of Oprah or Ellen?
Verses 33-35 Do I run to the advice of everyone else before I seek God and His wisdom.(Proverbs 1:7)
Praying with the Psalmist…
- Teach me the meaning of your Statutes
- Fill me with Your Spirit so I will always keep Your Testimonies
- Help me Lord to understand Your Instruction
- O Lord, may I take pleasure in the path You have set before me, helping me to stay on the path
I cannot just stand still or sit in a pew hoping my heart will be inclined to God’s testimonies. I have to be intentional in my love for God’s Word.