Wisdom is about understanding -- understanding in the context of meaning and purpose in life, the value and sacredness of relationships with others, with creation, and with God.
For the head may contain knowledge and the hands produce hard work, but it is the heart where wisdom resides.
"Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life." Proverbs 4:23
After reading these words I immediately thought of my grandma. She is by far the wisest woman I know. She got married young, had nine children whom she practically raised on her own and had very little money to live on. For everything she may have lacked in resources she made up for in faith, love and joy. She had and still has a deep understanding of God and his purpose for her life. She is is kind, patient, gentle, tolerant, forgiving, full of grace, loving and full of the Spirit.
The verse the writer quotes is Proverbs 4:23, "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life". My grandma had to go through the pain of losing two sons. I truly don't know how I could live if I lost either of my boys. But she has not let the loss of her children harden her heart. She does not blame God. Instead she continues to grow spiritually and share God's love with others. She has a heart for God and she guards that heart with all of her being. I used to sit next to her in church and watch her pray or sing. This is hard to explain but you can actually see and feel the Holy Spirit come over her when she is in worship. I feel so blessed to even be in her presence in times like that. I know those moments will be ingrained in my heart and mind forever.
The writer of this e-mail asks "Have you ever wanted to just sit in that person's presence and absorb his or her understanding?". Yes, yes, yes!!! Any time I am in her presence I feel like a humbled sponge that has this strong desire to soak up her wisdom. I know God has revealed many things to her in her lifetime and I am so grateful that she chooses to share her wisdom with others. If I could ask one thing of God it would be the gift of wisdom. I want to be able to share that with my kids, grandkids and great grandkids one day. I want to have an even deeper understanding of Him than I do now and I want to be able to share that with others.
Here is a picture of her and Ethan the day he got baptized.
And this is her trying to sit in a tiny rocking chair on Christmas Eve. She.is.hilarious!!!
And this is my favorite picture of her. Even the birds love her! :) I am SO blessed to have this woman in my life! Thank you Jesus!