Thirteen & Fourteen {31 Days of Wisdom}

Clearly I’m behind.  But who wants to be religious about this, right?  Though I fall behind in my blogging, I’m still committed…to all 31 days of the Proverbs.

Interestingly enough a theme emerged with both chapters 13 and 14.  The Bible always has an amazing way of speaking to us in the time and space we are in. I suppose that’s what that writer of Hebrews meant:

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” {Hebrews 4:12}

The thoughts and attitudes of my heart are currently consumed by a group of women I have the pleasure of teaching on Tuesday nights.  The subject at hand…being a woman in the 21st Century who lives her life with Christ at her center and His glory her drive and ultimate prize.

These women are a wonderful collection of the fabric of our community. All ages, single and married, divorced and widowed.  Some are mothers, some are grandmothers, and while some are longing to birth their own kids, they too are trying to figure out where else they can be “fruitful and multiply.”

What seems to be heaviest in my thoughts and heart are those who are there with unmet expectations.

The ones who are still waiting.

Waiting for the husband they grew up expecting.

Waiting for the child to be knit together in their womb.

Waiting for a job. Something to pay the bills but better yet…something she was destined to do.

Waiting for a marriage to be restored.


Proverbs 13:12:

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”

There is a space in between the initial onslaught of sickness from unmet expectation and a tree of life.  The point where you start to question if anything God said was actually true.  There is a place where you are sometimes at peace and sometimes at war with your own thoughts.  It’s much like the waiting room at a doctor’s office where you sit, anxiously awaiting what you will discover on the other side of the door.  Where you sit and stare at the coffee table, tired of the same magazine headlines.  The same celebrities on the covers.  The scenery is bland and sterile. There is nothing there to excite you or entertain you.

But in the waiting you are left to think. Left to ponder and be stretched.  On the other side of the door is a tree of life and sometimes you can’t see it because often it doesn’t look quite the same way you pictured it.  The door remains closed until the Great Physician decides it’s time and you are actually ready to receive your results.

You are at His mercy and by sitting there in the waiting room,  you have somehow agreed to place your life in His hands.

The fourteenth chapter shows another road we can take. Rather than sit and wait, we can hear the word He gave us and take matters into our own hands.  The longing, the waiting, the blessing from the stretching in one single move, by one single conversation can be ripped to shreds. Remember Sarah and Hagar?

Proverbs 14:1

“The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.

It may seem like the right choice at the time, but wisdom beckons us to wait…at least for a time to discern which road leads to the tree of life.

Proverbs 14:12

“There is away that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”

The Proverbs are consistent about a choice we all have.   The choice usually captures our attention with two roads, one of wisdom and one of folly.  Both roads can seem right, can look appealing and can have results.

The waiting gives us clarity.  Though the waiting seems empty, quiet and void, the space is being used and is filled with the movement of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus said, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”

While you are waiting, Someone is always working.

What are you waiting for?

This is post 13 and 14 in a 31 Day series: Wisdom. Start from the beginning here

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