Friday, March 22, 2013

Asking for Wisdom

I have begun to attend a women's Bible study group during the week for a couple of reasons. First, I am practically illiterate about the Bible. I know about Adam and Eve and Jesus' birth and death but everything else is a little bit (okay a lot) fuzzy. I'm fascinated with the stories and how they seem to be a timeless reflection of human nature. We haven't changed much in thousands of years and there's a lot to learn from past mistakes. Second, I am delighted to be with other women who are very real. They share their stories, warts and all, and they show me what it really means to be a loving and caring woman.

This week we studied the Queen of Sheba. She brought a fortune of gold, spices and silver to King Solomon and her only request was that he answer some questions. The Bible is not specific about the questions she asked and we are left to imagine what she wanted to know from one of God's most faithful servants. Sheba was very wealthy and, to many, it appeared as if she had it all. But she was wise in that she realized there were many things she didn't understand or know and she was willing to go to great lengths to gain that knowledge.

As I reflected on my last week of parenthood and life in general, I realized that I needed that gentle nudge from the Queen of Sheba. She reminded me that true wisdom comes when you admit that you don't have all the answers. When you say, "I don't know," there is almost always someone who comes forward to help guide you. When you say, "I don't know," there is a responsibility that is taken off of you. You are suddenly giving it to the universe to respond back with an answer, a path, or just a quick breath.

Today, if you feel overwhelmed, it's okay to admit you don't know what to do or that you don't have all the answers. You don't have to know because God does. As my beautiful friend Sandy put it, "You are not alone. Breathe in and Breathe out."

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