Wednesday, May 06, 2009

She Walks In Wisdom


"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us."

E. M. Forester

Part One of Two

She walks with honor. I wonder at the poise and skill with which it graces her. More than dignity, it is a purification of senses and an ease of kinship with her heavenly Father. Her nature is effortless beauty, within, without, molded by hours of prayer, shaped by study of scripture, come from years in a refiner's fire, a chosen furnace of afflictions, deemed for a vessel to be polished and reserved for her Master's employment.

And this noble vessel, free from splints of wood, shreds of hay, and stalks of stubble, is a sparkling masterpiece of humility, whose words and life speak purity, power, truth, and love for lives destined for their own furnaces, their personal destinies with the heavenly Father, their particular lonely hours in His garden, their own minds clothed with His word.

Have you met one like her? Do you know one who walks her way? A true token of grace, embellished with ribbons of righteousness and a quick word of truth that melts hearts like whipped honey? A woman who carries sensibility and Christian love like dozens of Damask roses, ready at once to give all and receive little? Whose very paths, gilt with hope, pursues what is pure, perseveres in all, holds peace fast, disdains every evil, sees all good, cleaves to the meek, appeals to be strong, with faith seeks, with authority binds riveting seams, with trust rests, with joy believes, with comfort assures? In truth proclaims? Have you seen her? Do you know one like her? Do you seek her? Do you hope to find her?

She is to be treasured. She is to be sought. She is to be found. She is to be kept. "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom, and in all your getting, get understanding. Exalt her and she will promote you. She will bring you honor when you embrace her. She will place on your head an ornament of grace; a crown of glory she will deliver to you" (Proverbs 4:7-9).

Many times I have read these words with great desire and affection. Many times I have read these words with longing and frustration, hoping for a portion of such grace, a morsel of this divine gift, for while often in need of it, I have, too, been often in want of wisdom. Reaching for peace in chaos, pining for a word from God in a present trial, grasping to speak comfort to another seeking counsel, hoping for "the" answer to what seems hopeless, searching for faith to withstand fiery darts, striving to scale slippery rocks to find refuge from the enemy, I have been left weary and without, lacking the perfect solution to the imperfectability of life's sweet wonders.

For too long, I was overcome with my own insufficiencies. I prayed for wisdom, looking for the gift, but stood ignorant of the precious map that would lead me to my treasure. While there is a specific gift of wisdom given by the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12:8), and while we are commanded to pray for wisdom (James 1:5), there is also a life of wisdom to be had. A route to this holy treasure to be followed. And this glorious, priceless treasure is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself and the beautiful walk we have with Him as we seek Him with our entire being. It is an eternal walk in a carnal world. It involves the high price of relinquishment, total surrender.

It carries with it the prize of a life of wisdom, one adorned with grace, purity, faith, hope, honor, and love. It creates a lovely work of art that is wise, not because one has the "right" answers, but because she has the "right" source, and she has followed Jesus and pursued His heart, His values, His word, His love, His life. The woman of wisdom, through giving herself, yields to God in every fiery furnace. She recognizes her own weaknesses and quickly confesses her needs to the Lord. She listens for God's voice in all situations, and still searches and believes and hopes and trusts, even when all is silence, and He does not say a word. Every deed she considers in light of His word. Every decision is important for pleasing the heavenly Father is just what Jesus did and would do.

The woman of wisdom is tall in faith, but humble in spirit; light in burdens, yet heavy with grace. She does not always put herself first, but willingly steps aside and moves for the good of another. Her marks are kindness; her law is love; her heart desires purity; her eyes seek truth. She may or may not be well-known; the wise woman may or may not be successful in this world. She may be rich, or she may be poor. The woman of wisdom may have great talent or possess none; may have friends or be alone. Perhaps she is a gifted teacher, or sings in the choir; maybe blessed in a thriving career, or a stay-at-home mom; perhaps she has the voice of angel, or is tone-deaf. The woman of wisdom may be infirm, healthy, married, single, widowed, divorced, childless, mother of few or many, educated, a high school drop-out, a born leader, the one who cleans the church building each week, or cares for little ones in the nursery every Sunday.

Every woman of wisdom is unique, but every woman of wisdom is beautiful and has much to give and share. Her light is ever glowing, as she waits, watches, day and night, on opportunity to serve, to pray, to wait, to love, to ponder God's word. And every woman who knows the Lord Jesus Christ can be a woman of wisdom. It is not beyond the reach of any, for Christ is always working in us, and He sculpts our lives with increasing purpose, as we, through the process of time, give more and more of ourselves to Him. Indeed, wisdom is a treasure to be won, and we will have a life of wisdom in due season if we continue in His grace and do not faint in our walk with Him (Galatians 6:9).

I pray for God's grace to hold fast this walk toward wisdom. It is not to be achieved as a medallion, but to be desired, searched, found, held with humility, and praised for the glory it brings to Jesus Christ. And God does not favor one of us above another. He is ready to give us as much as we are willing to receive, and He is ready to take as much as we are willing to give. What price will we pay for this treasure? What are we willing to give to apprehend this priceless way that will reward us with the invaluable gift of wisdom? It is the life of the blessed woman. Wisdom is your path to perfect peace. Wisdom will be for you an "ornament of grace."

In my post to follow, I plan to continue this thought, focusing on steps that help us reach the life of wisdom.
All scripture quoted is from NKJV.



28 comments:

  1. Absolutely incredible! The power of this piece is surpassed only by it's tenderness.

    I reflect back upon my days of becoming ... days when I sought all BUT wisdom. The world's ways were so compelling then - in my teens and 20s. The learning came slowly, and often with fits. But it came, and finally I could say "She listens for God's voice" was the striving of my search. It is, today, the place of my many comforts, my many becomings.

    Thank you. I'm now eager for Part 2!

    Kathleen

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  2. Andrea,

    I have been studying wisdom through Proverbs for a few months now. I desperately need to gain more wisdom in my everyday life. At times I feel as if I have been successful and on other days I feel like I fall short. I know that God is patient with me as I struggle to gain as much wisdom as I can:)

    I can't wait to read the next post!

    Blessings,

    Kim

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  3. Andrea, what a beautifully written piece. I have been reading 'Beautiful in God's eyes', a study of Proverbs 31, and know that I fall well short, but....I go on serving as best I can.

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  4. Waiting with eager anticipation!
    Blessings!

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  5. Simply beautiful! Worthy of publication! I am eagerly awaiting part2.

    You bless me..Rebecca

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  6. Praying to become a woman of wisdom. Looking forward to part 2.

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  7. Such a desire of my heart...to be a woman of wisdom! How precious is this word today! Glory to God!

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  8. How beautifully said, dear Andrea! Wisdom is not a medallion to be achieved, but an ornament of grace. Humility is the key to all these.

    Loved reading every word you wrote. It left me with a deep desire to aspire to be that woman of wisdom, kindness, humility, and grace.

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  9. Dear Andrea,

    What you have written here is food for my soul. There is so much to glean from. I agree with "Sassy Granny". Thank you for taking the time to share it with us. Looking with anticipation for Part 2. What a blessing to see the truths of God's Word being shared among his daughters. How uplifting.
    -Mrs. Teapot

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  10. These words and advice are truly beautiful and inspiring.

    In answer to the first question in the third paragraph...YES...my mother...she is a true blessing to me!

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  11. Oh to be that woman! Thank you for the insight and I look forward to part deux...

    Blessings to you and your family,
    Ramona

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  12. How I long to be a woman of wisdom. I'm all ears, dear one. Thank you for this elegant writing. What an inspiration you are.

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  13. Mrs. Andrea,
    That was SO beautifully rich! :)
    The Lord has gifted you with a great
    ability to write with much wisdom and
    eloquence! I praise the Lord for your
    heart to convey rich, wise and impacfull
    truths to other women in a Titus 2 manner.
    Would you mind if I used an excerpt of this
    for a "Thoughtful Thursday" post in the future on Blessed Femina?! I would list your name, blog and anything else that you would like me to list. Just let me know either way... I totally understand if you would rather not like me
    to. My email is~ missjennymarie@gmail.com

    With Much Love in Christ,
    Miss Jen

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  14. Wisdom...oh that I might have more and more each and every day... this is my earnest prayer.

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  15. Wisdom seems far off in the distance in circumstances tainted with the markings of this world. Yet, Wisdom is in us, for Wisdom is Jesus Who lives in our tents of flesh.

    May we hear Wisdom clearly; He has the words of life!!!

    Beautiful post!

    Many blessings!!!

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  17. Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing it and I am looking forward to your next post.

    Blessings,
    Elizabeth

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  18. Dearest Andrea,

    What joy to stop by your parlor and be filled with the love for the Word.

    Thank you dear friend for sharing such wisdom with us.

    How do we find such a woman...When Jesus Christ is your life and He is in you...you become a woman with wisdom.

    Oh dearest Andrea, I await your wonderful thoughts on Part two.

    Many blessings to your day, May Our Lord fill you with His presence and His love,

    Lady M

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  19. It is clear that over the years of your life you have endeavored to put all these lovely words into practice. You are older and wiser than me and I relish the opportunity to get to know your heart here. We have much in common and I pray the years I live my life will amount to your well read mind, heart full of contentment, a continuous seeker of wisdom, and giver of grace to all you meet.

    With a special needs child who has been sick all week at home I'm growing weary of constant interuption and struggling to just sit and study and pray. This has helped me greatly today. I will get him as settled as I can and as you said, "She listens for God's voice in all situations, and still searches and believes and hopes and trusts, even when all is silence and He does not say a word." Thank you for very poetic words written by a former English Teacher...it shows.

    I've come to anticipate your lovely quotes and pictures that precede your posts. I walk away inspired and refreshed. And today, encouraged and challenged. Thank you!

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  20. Wow ... what more can I say? I don't think I'll try except to offer my pleas to be a woman like her.

    You've given me something to shoot for. Wow...

    peace~elaine

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  21. Thanks for your encouraging comment tonight! I am afraid the Lord had to teach me that today...I was feeling sorry for my self! But the Lord is so good to me!

    Jennifer

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  22. I want to be that woman, and you have just gave me that ump to keep working on it!! This was sooooooo beautifully written you are such and inspiration to us all, wowwwww and a Blessing to Bless others,,,,, AMEN!!

    Have a Joyfilled weekend

    Happy Mothers Day :)

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  23. Andrea,

    I found you through Miss Jen. What a beautiful inspiring, encouraging and thought provoking post! The Lord has certainly given you the gift of wisdom, a gentle spirit and exhortation. Thank you so much for your encouragement. This is such a blessing to me and I look forward to your following post.

    By His Grace For His Glory,

    Sharon

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  24. Dear Andrea,

    What a blessing to find your sweet post on my blog and then to come here to read these words. This is so beautifully written, thought provoking, inspiring, and, yes....wise. Thank you for this, as I have appreciated every word! My dear great-grandmother was a true woman of wisdom. She lived her life simply, and with her deeds and thoughts, sought only to honor Him.

    Seeking that wisdom is a lifelong journey, and I feel as though I've only just begun...but what marvelous lessons are surely ahead of me!

    Many blessings,
    Paula

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  25. Coming back to your comment box to greet you a Happy Mother's Day, dear Andrea.

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  26. Hi Andrea,

    I was here last night and read this beautiful post that touched my heart so deeply.This woman of wisdom always seems so elusive and yet she is there in so many stories of the Bible and I've seen glimpses of her myself in women around me. To seek wisdom, may that be each of our prayers.
    Oh! I left an award on my blog for you if you would like to accept it :).

    God bless,

    Cori

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  27. Andrea,
    As always I am truly blessed and challenged by God's word and your thoughts,Thank you for sharing,
    Blessings,
    Sue

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  28. Dear Andrea,

    My gratitude to you for sharing these rich and blessed truths. There is so much here to meditate upon and ask of our Heavenly Father that I printed a copy of it. This way I am able to read it over and over and meditate and ask for wisdom.

    Love,
    Mrs. Teapot

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Thank you for visiting. I cherish your thoughts. You are special to me, but most of all, you are special to God, who loves you with everlasting love. May your life be swept into His joy and peace.

In the Wonderful Love of Christ our Savior,

Andrea