After high school-
With student ID in hand, our youngest on Saturday selected classes to begin his new journey at the college he has chosen. As nostalgia washed over me, I remembered my college years. Though I didn’t love every class, many of them I did- especially the ones in mathematics. I know… not what some may pick but for me they were favorites. God wired my mind in such a way that I not only understood the content but found joy in the pursuing. After twenty-five years of teaching mathematics, I still LOVE the content! Had Solomon and I lived at the same time, I would have loved to sit in on a lecture on mathematics! Maybe someday I will do that!
On to Solomon…
In a dream, God had offered this new king anything and wisdom was chosen. When God granted the request, he did so in a mighty way. Check out this summary-
“God gave Solomon wisdom and great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the East and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt… His fame spread to all the surrounding nations. He spoke 3000 proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five. He described plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also taught about animals and birds, reptiles and fish. Men of all nations came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.” 1 Kings 4: 29-34
(I like to imagine ‘mathematics’ made the list as well!)
Looking ahead to decisions Solomon went on to make and his search for happiness as described in his book of Ecclesiastes, I know all the wisdom and knowledge in the world did not satisfy this mighty man. After a lifetime of pursing learning and trying out everything this world had to offer- women, wealth, power, etc. – Solomon concluded that all of it is meaningless, a blowing in the wind. He concluded that pursing God was what gave life meaning.
As my baby boy and his friends go off to college to pursue higher learning, I’m excited for them (though that leaves me with an empty nest!) I know they will also learn many life lessons like folding laundry, balancing finances, and time management.
For this generation about to graduate I pray. I pray they find what they were created to do and find the area of study/career they will be passionate about. I pray that as they learn about life and fill their heads with knowledge, they learn what matters most- the lesson Solomon passes down to us all- the pursuit of God.
Lord, thank you for the opportunity and privilege of working with so many teens who are about to step out on their own to pursue college, the workforce, the military, and so forth. I work with many young people who need you, need to know they are loved, and need to know you created them for a purpose. Guide their steps. Show yourself to them. Open their eyes to see. May they find the only thing that will bring true joy and fulfillment to their lives- YOU! Amen!