I paid close attention to my answers as I worked through the work book this week. I did not want to miss a single thing, knowing I had to lead the discussion this Sunday in the Women’s Sunday School Class. The topic was Godly wisdom. I was grateful for the study guide and all the work the author (Vicki Courtney) had already poured into the material (The Virtuous Woman). She expounded on Scriptures and how valuable Godly wisdom was.
Job 28:15-19 says
It cannot be bought for gold,
and silver cannot be weighed as its price.
It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,
in precious onyx or sapphire.
Gold and glass cannot equal it,
nor can it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.
No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal;
the price of wisdom is above pearls.
The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it,
nor can it be valued in pure gold.
After reading the Scriptures, we were to survey our jewelry box, look at our most prized possessions, and think carefully about to whom we would leave them. I had no problem with the question and actually prided myself in the fact that I only had my wedding band and engagement ring valuable enough to pass on. The more I thought about it, the more I felt convinced that I would not want to pass them on anyway. I’d just take them with me to the grave. That was several days ago.
Yesterday, I worked in my house and garden all afternoon, planted, dug, weeded, and raked. At the end of the day, I sat down and surveyed my accomplishment. As I looked down on my dirty hands, a sick feeling shot through my entire body. I noticed that my diamond was missing from my engagement ring. Tears welled up immediately. How could this be? Twenty-seven years ago, my best friend and husband gave it to me. The small diamond was special to me, to say the least.
I stared at the yard, thought of the many times I did the dishes, and all the places I had been all day. No way, I would never find this tiny treasure again. I remembered the verse (above). My missing diamond reminded me of my lacking wisdom.
If wisdom is more valuable than diamonds,
why am I not pursuing it with vigor?
If God knows and see all,
why am I so easily satisfied with the world’s answers?
“God, my All-knowing Father,
remind me to chase Your wisdom!
You give so freely to the seeking heart.
You bless me richly and abundantly with Your gift of wisdom.
Give me today what we lack,
(Pictures and Words by Heidi Viars, 2014)
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