Wisdom is First Pursued, and then Pursues
I had just finished helping Wyndham transfer from his chair to the bed. He had left the leadership team meeting (that was meeting at our house) a few minutes early due to the fatigue that continually accompanies him. As I was leaving our room to go back to the meeting he asked me to ask one of the brothers in attendance to come back and see him after the meeting ended. He wanted to make sure this brother wasn’t discouraged by a certain situation that had been discussed, as he perceived that the brother may have felt burdened. As I told the brother that Wyndham wanted to see him, the brother smiled an appreciative and knowing smile and said something like…yeah, he knows I got discouraged about this before, and this is just what he does…he wants to make sure I’m handling things OK.
Wyndham has long turned his ear toward wisdom and has called out for insight. As a result, his heart has become keen to understanding…and listening, and caring, and responding.
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding,
and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:1-6)
Wisdom pursues understanding, and gains that understanding from God. I have seen Wyndham respond to situations similar to this time and time again.
Noticing. Listening. Responding.
Responses have often come through words of encouragement, hugs, prayers, or fitting scriptures. So, his request to follow up with the brother was no surprise to me. In fact, it was rather normal.
The need to pursue wisdom and then respond to what we come to understand may come at an inconvenient time or when feeling fatigued…but wisdom always seeks to understand, and finds that understanding from God. Then, wisdom acts.
One morning last week my daughter looked in on her son, Caleb. He was in his bed writing. No one asked him to do this, but he wanted to express his thoughts for “Wednesday Wisdom With Wyndham” through the following words:
My papa means so much to me. He has taught me so many great things about God and just things in life. I love him so much, and I love spending time with him. He is one of the most inspiring people in my life. This past year has been hard for me with people being rude (bullying), but my papa knows just what to say.
He told me that I don’t need to care what people think about me, and what is important is that I believe that God will always help me and get me through tough times. He always knows how to encourage people including me, and he is one of the wisest people I know in the Bible and just in life. When I grow up I want to be just like him. My papa is AMAZING and I love him so much. Caleb Miller
Sometimes, in my busyness I fail to pursue the wisdom of noticing what others are feeling, and other times I notice–yet for one reason or another don’t act. Godly wisdom pursues. May we all pursue Godly wisdom that in turn pursues the building up of others.