In comedy, they say that timing is everything. This was certainly the case when a routine mailbox stop resembled a late-night comedy skit about the perils of the popular ride-sharing trend.
Upon returning home from a long day of errands, my husband stopped the car half a block from our house to retrieve our daily load of junk mail from box #9. As he exited out the driver’s side door, I sat waiting in the front passenger seat. Suddenly the door behind me sprung open and I heard a woman’s voice breathlessly thanking us for waiting and profusely apologizing for her delay.
When something completely unexpected comes at you out of nowhere, it takes your brain a few seconds to catch up. Confusion reigned for all three of us in those few seconds; my husband and I wondering why this thirty-something woman dressed in nightclub attire thought nothing of joining us, and this loquacious stranger now occupying our backseat abruptly stopped mid-sentence with a look of horror on her heavily made-up face.
Obviously in her head-down haste to make up for lost time, she jumped into the first vehicle she saw erroneously assuming it was her Uber ride. When it became painfully obvious to her what she had done, a very different round of apologies began and she quickly jumped out. We assured her that all was well and that no harm was done.
I was recently reading Proverbs chapter 2, focusing on verses 1-11 when my mind went back to that day at the mailbox. I was prompted to compare my own reckless haste as I sprint through my often hurried days to the woman who had carelessly jumped into a stranger’s car. Oblivious to the spiritual dangers that lurk, I often charge ahead from one activity to another without even a prayer for guidance. In comparing wisdom to foolishness, Ephesians 5:15 says, “See that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise.”
Back in Proverbs 2, verses 1 through 5 clearly map out wise, thoughtful driving through life as opposed to foolish, feckless riding along. It’s a call to be both studious and vigilant in the things of God. This is my takeaway from the passage:
* Receive God’s Word and treasure His commands
* Listen for the wisdom He speaks as you read and pray
* Understand the personal application of His Word
* Ask Him continually for discernment and understanding
* Search endlessly as in a treasure hunt for the knowledge of God
In verse 5 we are offered the priceless gift of understanding both the awe and the intimacy of knowing God! The abundant promises contained in these few verses also include wisdom, righteousness, justice and the assurance that God is our Mighty Shield and the Preserver of our way.
“When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you; understanding will keep you.” (Proverbs 2:10-11)