Posted by: wordofthevine | July 2, 2014

Developing Wisdom!

“The path of the just is like shining light, that grows in brilliance till perfect day”(Proverbs 4:18.)

To tell you the truth, I sat up in bed and went to my prayer closet one night recently. I just could not sleep and I turned to the Lord for a few minutes of prayer. I had made a decision a febordercollie21w days ago that just wasn’t sitting well with me. Even though I have always had a small dog in the house, I had gotten a 5 month old collie puppy. My older kids had challenged me, “You have all these sons and you have these little lap dogs!” I had been out on a walk and ran into a friend who told me about this beautiful collie. She is a very beautiful dog. She heals when I walk her, which I have to do twice a day,  and has not had any accidents in my house. For all purposes, she is very good, but she is so big and her kennel takes a lot of space. When she wags her tail, she cleans off my coffee table, while her nose is even with my kitchen table. I just haven’t been comfortable. Before I had bought her, I had prayed and thought this interior rub was just a sign that I needed to stretch myself. No, I think I should have listened more closely and not moved ahead so swiftly.

“The beginning of wisdom is: get wisdom, at the cost of all that you have, get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7). I think, sometimes we obtain this wisdom and understanding when we reflect on our decisions and behaviors and accept the suffering that comes when we do. We have 20/20 vision often in hindsight. Sometimes, no matter how discerning we try to be, we only tumble into truth when we choose something that just does not work for us and we have to work to figure out why and what God was leading us to. Sometimes we choose something good, something best for someone else and not for us. We need God to fine tune our vision so we can walk more clearly in his light. We do this well sometimes and we learn when we stumble too. This is how our light grows and how we become more just. We learn from our mistakes while we also savor our successes with God.

I decided to work with the breeder to find a new home for this beautiful and well bred collie. If you’d enjoy a well behaved, beautiful collie, please let me know. God seems to be directing me to “walk a straightforward path, to not stumble” (Proverb 4:11-12).  What about you? Can you chalk up some of your less than perfect decisions to this process of growing in light and understanding? ~ Mary

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