Go ahead and laugh, my daughter and I have. Apparently when she was a preteen I was a little overboard on what music she listened to. I say ‘apparently’ because I don’t remember it as vividly as she does. I am a strong believer the music we listen to influences on our thoughts so I wanted her to listen to Christian music. DC Talk, Steven Curtis Chapman, Newsboys…
When she got her first pop CD she says I listened and approved certain songs. At the time she probably rolled her eyes at me, now she just laughs and loves telling the story.
I laugh too and think about how much my parenting has changed through the years. If I went back in time, I might change how I handled that. I know for certain there were other parenting decisions I would definitely change, mistakes I can see from a distance that looked like the best route at the time.
Wisdom is getting a look at the bigger picture. Wisdom is seeing my life in proper perspective to God’s truths and plans. Yet it’s those mistakes and funny stories that slowly make me wiser.
I know many use Job as an example of the virtue patience. I look and see a man of wisdom. Even in the midst of his suffering, he held on to God and tried to see the bigger picture.
His friends tried to get him to repent believing he was being punished for his sins. Job held on to his innocence and pleaded with God to answer. Check out the end of Chapter 16-
“Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high. My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend.” Job 16: 18-21
What wisdom and understanding! Job had a ‘big-picture’ way of thinking. Well before Jesus came to this earth to be our Redeemer, Job had thoughts of an advocate. I love how God gave men and women of the Old Testament such insight.
Lord, I want wisdom like Job had- to see the bigger picture, to hold on to you, and to know my advocate is always pleading on my behalf. I’ve made so many mistakes through the years; please turn those mistakes to wisdom so I make better choices today. Amen