In order to be a mom I think you have to memorize, “Don’t run with sharp things. You will poke your eye out.” Don’t you wonder what mom first came up with some of the quotes we all say? Today I am going to shake things up a bit. My advice? Go play with sharp objects.
This week surprised me with little spurts of conversation and visits loaded with wisdom. Too many times I think we feel wisdom can only be obtained through a four hundred page book or an online class. Some of the greatest wisdom that has been poured into my life can be traced back to people in my life. It started with my grandparents and parents. Wisdom later came at the feet of some incredible women who were unselfish with their time and their experiences. To listen to the prayers of friends and some of their day to day stories, I still soak up nuggets of teaching. So this week I found college students in my kitchen or sitting in my living room sharing. Their hearts for scripture and their desires to live a life that represents Christ well was so refreshing. I just sat and listened. I watched their faces light up even as they shared praise songs on their playlist. It was contagious. I have listened to the heartache and the hope of friends that are facing one more kick to their heart or their wallets. I have treasured advice from a wise friend over lunch. Wisdom even sneaked in through a conversation with my daughter late at night. I learned from a sweet couple in a doctor’s waiting room and I met a man at the Walgreens checkout line who has been happily married for 62 years. I have read praise reports on Facebook of God’s answers to some desperate situations and I am grateful for the boldness of those who took the time to share the need. It kept me focused with a more correct perspective.
So why the sharp objects? Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” There is mutual benefit in rubbing two iron blades together. It makes the knives for effective for their task. If a knife is blunt, it is still a knife. The only problem is that blunt knife becomes less effective. I can almost hear the clanking and swishing sound of two iron knives meeting. For me, the clanking and swishing came from listening for the wisdom in some of the simplest moments.
“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving,considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.” James 3:17 &18
When those two irons rub together they also rub off the dull parts and become shiny again. This week has been an unexpected blessing of clanking, swishing, and shining for me. I have met and sat with Wisdom. My heart is encouraged! This is one week that I am sure I am not suffering from low iron.