Bible Studies are a wonderful tool; understanding God’s Word as our daily bread and applying it to our lives helps us to better ourselves and allow us to walk in our gifts, on the path originally and perfectly chosen for us – using the Word and the Holy Spirit as our guides. It is the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God that gives us wisdom.
Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. – Psalm 119:18
There are some who believe that too much wisdom is not good for us. Well, I don’t know nuttin’ about that. But then again, I don’t know that I really ever thought of myself as wise. I can be a bit of a wise-guy at times, a self-proclaimed grammar policewoman (who is fully aware of the double-negative above), and I suppose one could say I am somewhat elder by now, but wise? Or is wisdom just in the eye of the beholder? Oops, wisdom thou shalt be put aside for the moment, as my cell alarm is screaming at me!
Sorry about that interruption. As usual, I was busy with my usual late morning routine, immersed in cyberspace working on my various blogs and websites – both business and personal, when my cell alarm went off to advise me it was 11:00am. Time to make our late morning nutritional snack! Thank you, Lord for allowing the invention of cell phone alarms that give me that daily reminder to feed my honey on time – You know me well and how I lose myself when I focus on a job and forget what time it is! As Vidal is a diabetic, I no longer allow myself to be laid-back about his meal times or what he eats. Praise God that neither does Vidal!
So, I raced to the kitchen with Superwoman speed, putting away clean dishes from breakfast with two hands (leaving 2 small plates out to serve our snacks upon) while opening the fridge with another hand and fishing for an apple with yet another hand, while another hand opened the freezer to grab the bag of almonds with another hand, while my last free hand grabbed a knife to core the apple. Any man reading this would read that I just described myself as having 7 hands – but we women know better: God has equipped us with many hands to juggle our households while multitasking; those ‘extra hands’ are more often than not in the form of a knee, hip, elbow, crook of the neck, armpit, shoulder, forehead, and at times, an eyelid…. often while mopping spills on the floor with a paper towel, using a free foot that was just standing around not being as useful. (I am wondering now – how can we incorporate WholyFit into this daily routine?)
As I was performing this circus act, Vidal calmly walked in and asked me why I turned off his radio program on the computer. As I flipped a dish in the air and caught it with my teeth (okay, even I admit that is a slight exaggeration, but it fits the profile here!) and without breaking my stride, I informed him I had not been near his computer, and to please allow me to fulfill my wifely duty of providing a nutritious meal for him. He responded that he needed me to fix his computer and get the radio station back. (Time out for a news flash: God gifted me with technical skills, a blessing not bestowed upon to my dear husband.) While wielding my machete (did I say knife earlier? An oversight…) using my elbow to core and slice the apple as the pieces soared through the air, gracefully landing on the snack plates, I stood firm and repeated that it was my wifely duty to feed him, and asked him nicely to please get out of my way (especially as I was wielding a machete… I can be a bit of a klutz). That was when my dear husband turned on his adorable grin, looked me straight in the eyes and said (dramatically increasing his accent as he spoke), ‘It is written: Wives must submit to their husbands. I need you to submit and go fix the computer!’
Deep breath and a smile… No sense in arguing when he was using The Word as his sword against my wielding machete- no contest there. His adorable, loving smile (albeit a bit smug) matched the sparkle in his eyes – like the diamonds on his sword – and melted my heart. I submitted. I fixed his computer, (it took about 2 seconds to figure it out; I used my shoulder), just as I handed him his nutritional snack and a kiss.
What have I learned in my Bible studies that I can apply here? The first is the most obvious – whether we be married with earthly husbands or just married to the Lord as His bride, we know what the Word says about our roles as wives:
‘Wives – submit to your husbands’ – in Ephesians 5:22, 24, Colossians 3:18, 1 Peter 3:1
And let’s not forget our duties of maintaining our households:
She is like merchant ships; she brings her food from afar. She rises also while it is still night and gives food to her household. … Proverbs 31:14-15
My night-owl/ nocturnal inner-clock has to be constantly reset and reminded that I cannot sleep late – I have a husband to feed! God certainly helped me out here – He sent us an alarm clock in the form of a certain kitty whose job it is to make sure I am up before the sun to feed Daddy and kitties.
On a personal note regarding what gifts Vidal has vs. what I have, the Word taught me that if my hubby cannot fix it, I must step in to assist:
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” – Genesis 2:18
I am after all, Vidal’s right side; his helper, his companion.
As for Vidal turning on the charm with his adorable grin, batting his eyes and cranking up the accent – where does that come in? God created us, He created a sense of humor, He created laughter – and gave it all to us:
He will fill your mouth with laughter. Shouts of joy will come from your lips. – Job 8:21
We have fun in the Crayola house. We fill it with love and sprinkle it with laughter. God blessed us both with great faith, love and a similar sense of humor – all of which make the Crayola House a happy home, lit up from within by the awesome light of the Holy Spirit.
A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face; a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day. – Proverbs 15:13
A heart at peace gives life to the body… – Proverbs 14:30
In conclusion: I, for one, certainly do not believe that too much wisdom is bad for us; I believe that knowing God’s Word strengthens us and makes us better; makes us whole.
Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” – Psalm 126:2
– And what, Dear Reader, did you get out of this?