“Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise”–Day 4

This photo taken at Indiana Dunes State Park brought to mind a childhood experience that I related to the pursuit of wisdom, as I reflect on wisdom while reading from the Book of Proverbs.

This photo taken at Indiana Dunes State Park brought to mind a childhood experience that I related to the pursuit of wisdom, as I reflected on wisdom while reading from the Book of Proverbs.

While preparing this reflective entry on wisdom from the Book of Proverbs, I thought about the exhortation to pursue wisdom; this challenge resonates throughout the 31 chapters containing Solomon’s advice to son.

I recall going on a field trip to the Indiana Dunes State Park, outside of Gary, Indiana, when I was in middle school, what we called “junior high school,” back in the day. Somehow I came across a small stream running through a wooded area. As I followed the creek through the winding woods, I was determined to find the area where the stream began, but as I progressed, the size of the stream remained the same and continued to flow on endlessly. After about a half an hour, I realized that I needed to get back to area where we supposed to meet before departing on the bus and returning to “the Steel City.” When I arrived at the place where we were to meet, I learned that I was quite late, and that I had delayed their departure.

As I was reading from the Book of Proverbs once again, this experience from my childhood came to mind, in light of the exhortation to pursue wisdom, to search diligently for wisdom, and wholeheartedly seek to find this valuable spiritual entity. I also thought of the following poem that is related to this topic:

In Pursuit of Wisdom

 13 Happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) is the man

 who finds skillful and godly Wisdom,

 and the man who gets understanding

 [drawing it forth from God’s Word and life’s experiences],

 

 14 For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver,

 and the profit of it better than fine gold.

 

 Proverbs 3:13-14 [Amplified Bible]

 

To cause to flee as one chases an enemy,

To relentlessly follow and then overtake,

As a hunter reads footprints and tracks down his game,

So your fragrance arouses me as I awake.

Desire, a fire, flames the passion deep within me.

Though I have felt your touch and kissed your lips before,

As a lover pursues his beloved, so I

Yearn to be with you and to know you even more,

Assured that all who pursue you shall also find.

As the sun rises to follow its daily course,

Zealously I seek you with my heart and soul and mind,

As one traces a winding river to its source.

As one forsakes all to pursue a priceless treasure,

So I seek the Spirit of Wisdom’s good pleasure.

Although that experience occurred almost sixty years ago, I am still earnestly seeking to find the source of all life, the river of life, from which flows wisdom, knowledge, understanding and all the attributes of God.

I conclude this blog entry with a song of worship that also came to mind, “My Soul Follows Hard after Thee” with lyrics by Don Moen:

This blog entry is the first in a series featuring "a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

This blog entry is another in a series featuring “a daily dose of ‘words to the wise,’ poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.”

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