“Nevertheless wisdom is vindicated by all her children. “(Luke 7:35)
A wise woman once told me, “when you’re seeking after God, go deep in your own heart and you will find God has been seeking after you.” Wisdom that guides me regularly comes from women of many generations, including elders in the church. I have also gleaned uncommon wisdom out of the mouths of babes. I know that these encounters reveal the voice and presence of God in our midst. Wisdom is a gift from God that also springs up from within us. Wisdom is sometimes knowing something from deep within your soul.
Sometimes it can be conventional wisdom that on the surface seems quite mundane, but is at the same time quite profound. I can remember a time when I was overwhelmed with work and wanted to give up. “Easter comes more than once a year,” my friend told me. That brief sentence reminded me that even during the most difficult of times, God still provides a way. That voice of wisdom still guides me today in seeking out where new life will emerge. It always does.
This message is adapted from “Faith reflections: Wisdom of women” written by Linda Norman that first appeared in the May 2010 issue of Café magazine. Norman will be preaching at of many generations, the Ninth Triennial Gathering, held July 24-27, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C.