2017-08-31 - Praying for Wisdom
I’ve been more deeply in prayer of late, regarding not only God’s will for how to continually seek His way to serve each day, but also for wisdom in how to fully enjoy myself, recharging to do so.
Some people call it yard work. I call it playing in the dirt and have loved to do so since I was a kid playing with matchbox cars, while living at the end of a cul de sac. I formed roads with small stones or just my hands, and imagined a safe and joyous world of moving about day to day. This was clearly not based on reality, but perhaps heavenly driving and travel will be more like the little world formed at the end of Gail Drive by a small girl. As an adult, I have to approach my playing in the dirt cautiously, so as not to aggravate any number of physical challenges, so the biggest factor is having a plan with a few things to accomplish and enjoy, and sticking to it. If I don’t then it crosses into the work side, and I prefer to enjoy the aspects of the outdoors that remind me of the amazing Father who made them and me, and not focus on some sore spot.
Yesterday I was trimming a small dogwood in our back fenced area, getting a few longer lumber pieces put in the shed, that were left over from the deck repair, watering some flowers, and putting out some bird food for my feathered friends. As I walked past some of the flowers while out enjoying a cooler and mostly cloudy day, I saw something out of the corner of my eye that made me stop and look again. It was a praying mantis. They are so good at blending in, that there are very few times I have had the opportunity to observe them. This one was about 2-2½” in length and there was a very small bee near it on one side and a very small, moth-like looking, butterfly on the other side of it. The mantis was quite still, all except for the rotating head. I didn’t get a chance to see it catch anything, but did get a few pictures of it, and then watched a few moments. I was intrigued by its prowess and ability to simply focus singly on the moment, not thinking about its next move other than perhaps observing for any potential predators approaching. I would like to do a better job of just enjoying those moments I am given, and for those several minutes I was watching the praying mantis, I was learning more about how it is entirely possible. For the insect, there are instinct and action. For human beings there is thinking added, making us capable of choice regarding our actions, yet it often becomes detrimental to our progressed, based on those choices.
We can be fully engaged in moments of joy, relaxation, wonder of learning, and just plain fun when we allow the spirit of wisdom to lead us. We can learn from God’s thoughts from His word, from creation all around us, and it can simply start with a prayer to receive that spirit of wisdom. I pray to always engage in seeking His wisdom in thoughtful and active ways, so I may fully enjoy this life he has given me, and it can be seen by those around me.
“The fear(reverence) of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7)
All verses are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.