When I was a new mom, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed at “all” that was coming at me ~~ advice from books, talkshow celebrities, so-called renowned authors, family, and friends. I knew I had a “job” to do ~~ and for those who know me well, y’all know I aim to get it “perfect” every time (slight tendency to lean towards Type A 🙃). After all, we’re talking human beings here! The very legacy of how you’ve raised them will speak volumes in their own lifestyle ~~ and it will all be on display for the world to see.
So many things were new to me ~~ concepts that I had never considered, even while being pregnant. How to settle a crying baby ~~ how to distinguish between hunger and wet diaper cries ~~ how to transition from bassinet to crib … for the new mom, these seemingly new ideas plague your soul for fear of making a “bad” choice.
Job 12:12 Wisdom belongs to the aged, and understanding to the old.
In hind sight, I can see how much energy I wasted fretting over a few trivial matters. But at the time, these matters ~~ well, they mattered!
Reflection has a wonderful way of teasing your mind ~~ if you’re willing to “laugh at yourself for a moment in time.” But I believe that God can use these “moments” to pause our thoughts in the present to give us wisdom for today.
Job 12:13 “But true wisdom and power are found in God; counsel and understanding are his.
If we will pause for a moment ~~ in a “trying moment” especially ~~ and consider where the real wisdom comes from ~~ I’m certain we will experience greater fulfillment in the days ahead. And very possibly fewer moments of frustration.
Some things seem to carry so much weight ~~ so much power ~~ and yet, the “rules” will still apply ~~ there is no comparison to the wisdom from God. Even in times when we believe we’ve got it “all wrapped up” (bow on top of it, too), as plain as day, we could be so far off the mark it would be insane to not swallow the pride pill and grab a huge bucket of humility and drown in it!
As plain as day, the Word speaks of God’s blessings upon those who seek Him. As plain as day, nature declares the majesty of His Hand. As plain as day, godly wisdom is available to those who desire and pursue it.
James 1:5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
Babies don’t come with instruction manuals ~~ although there are “experts” who feel they can author one. Sometimes we just need to become as trusting as babes in order to receive wisdom and mature. The Believer in Christ knows where to find real wisdom.
And yes, we must set aside our pride ~~ even “Lōlies” (my grandma title) can be wrong about baby concepts … And here’s a kicker: even when Lōlie “knows” she’s right, she has to respect the wishes of the new parents.
See this? It’s the millennial version of the “swaddle.” Back in the day, we used to simply take a receiving blanket and wrap snuggly the infant to provide a “sense of security.” Today, you actually buy the garment and it has the zippers and Velcro to secure it. Easy enough, right?
At 5-weeks old Zoë managed to always find a means to “sqwiggle” (Lōlie term for squeeze and wiggle) out of her swaddle. Should be impossible for a newborn ~~ it’s suppose to work like a straight-jacket ~~ but nonetheless, she finds “loopholes” and before you know it …
Is there a parallel here, for us, Girlfriend?
When we run to God asking for wisdom ~~ and He generously provides it ~~ sometimes it acts as a “swaddle” to protect us (often from ourselves). Yet, we feel the urge to pry loose a bit ~~ thinking we’ve got the “right” to sqwiggle out of His Boundaries (with few bumps and bruises).
This day, Girlfriend, I encourage you to JOIN me in some good ol’ plain as day JOY ~~ yes, rejoice in knowing to WHOM you belong, to the Family that embraces you, to the simple pleasure of breathing this morning.
I love you to Heaven and Back ~~