(Today, my friend Christa shares her beautiful words with us. Please make her feel welcome.)
To See What Is Really True & Truly Real
We’re on the road, destined for rest by the sea, and we’ve looked forward to this for so long. In seven hours more (at 2:10 AM, according to our friend GPS) we’ll arrive at a quiet beach spot and one week of splendidly simple choices like:
Flip-flops or bare feet? Pool or ocean? Turkey or salami?
No spiritual gift of discernment required. Life is seldom that way.
When I was little, in a bookstore with my mother, I was allowed to choose one book to purchase. I held up to her two I could not decide betweenâ€¦misery of miseries, they both looked so interesting! But Mom knew: the cartooned paperback in a how-to series for kids titled, How to Make Your Own Decisions.
She still has the book. And I’m still trying to figure it out.
What I hunger for. Why I inhale written word and take notes during sermons. Why I revel in good conversation and stalk mentors. Not looking so much for what to do, but how to see what is really true.
So much to understand. So much I do not.
And I wonderâ€¦as much as we long for peace, love, joyâ€¦could it be that with hearts and minds conformed to our Maker’s heart and mind, we might find ourselves more at rest?
Like children who can’t make out the writing on the blackboard and haven’t yet been given eyeglasses, without wisdom we strain and fatigue and daydream of recess and lunch. Exasperated in our attempts to figure out what the heck is going on here.
To see clearly is a gift.
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
What would it be like to see through the walls that have stood for so long between us and the people we try to love? To have the ability to cut through the distractions and zero in on the thing that matters. To know what is truly realâ€¦
And then to speak cosmos (order) into the chaos here.
She’s beautiful and powerful, Wisdom. We can easily look around and see destruction in places where she is not. But am I (are you?) willing to go after her? It’s asking, and it’s listening, and it’s lots of time wading out in deep water.
There are things to be changed, most critically: us.
I can’t take the simplicity of a beach vacation home with me, but maybe improved vision I can.
A Question From Kat: How Do You Pursue Wisdom?
There are so many ways to learn. Books, blogs, sermons, teaching cds/mp3s, mentors, journaling…? I’ve found I learn best from audiobooks. I can listen while I do dishes, run or clean the house…
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