Then I was constantly at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.
I love the revealing of Jesus in this prayer and I long to look deeper into it! I’m here full of deep thoughts and questions. As I grow older I’m learning that there’s still very much to be discovered that I’ve never known. And I’m using both pictures and songs to help to open up my heart to life changing questions. I’m listening in and trusting my God for the answers. I know that’s where true wisdom comes from.
To start I will ask you…Isn’t this the most gorgeous picture you’ve seen in a long time?
It always brightens my day when I see it. It’s so dramatic and it seems heavenly to me. It reminded me of this song
“The Colors Of The Wind”…
The first time I heard the song I was amazed at the wisdom in it. I began to hear some good life lessons, I heard it saying a lot about the necessity of cultivating a heart that’s open to a respect for all of the human race, although we’re all different.
The one phrase in this song that caught my attention was about “learning things we never knew we never knew” I sure did need lots of that in my life. I was sick of strife, racism and hatred. I was trying to learn how to find peace and love others that I didn’t always understand or agree with. People whose customs seemed strange to me.
I heard lessons in the song but I was wary of the love of myths and rumors. I had finally learned that movies, songs and lots of human wisdom are full of these. An example of that comes to mind from a personal story of my own life when I was a young child. I was in love with the story of Pocahontas and John Smith. I grew up believing that she married John Smith after saving his life. Her story was so romantic and I wanted to grow up a beautiful maiden who met and married a man who came and fell madly in love with me. But after I was grown, I learned that this legend I had loved was not truth. It was fiction and it became a legend. She never married him, in fact they were only casual friends, many years apart in age. Her life was romanticized by the Disney story and much of it was not based on fact.
A childhood myth was busted along with my bubble of love for misinformation. That lesson has come back to mind a lot and I’m sure we’ve all had such experiences.
Growing up we learn that life is full of rumor and romanticized legends. All is not as it first appears to be. We all have much to learn, things we never knew we needed to know.
Now, back to the song. Layers of lessons I saw. It made me see the ugliness in self righteous, I know better, attitudes, both our own and those of others. It’s a pleasant reminder of our need to take a closer look at other cultures and their legends. Do you see a lesson about how we can grow into kinder, broader and more hospitable people? I think we might need to come out of our stale life boxes and open up to other voices on the winds of life. Holy Spirit knows how to take us there.
Jesus often used parables about things of the world to teach lessons. Songs are parables. Many parables from the world are used to teach spiritual secrets. Now, I’m aware that some really religious and carnal mindsets see shadows of suspicion and are not open to wisdom from unusual places. We need to remember that God spoke to a man through a donkey; God won’t fit in our religious boxes. I once heard a man say “You can learn something from the dumbest man you’ll ever meet” I sure do believe the world needs lots more of that kind of wisdom.
Father God is looking for wise and fully committed soul winners, fishers of men.
1 Cor 9:
19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
We need to be alert and prayerful to listen for the wisdom of God in all situations. The things we need to know that we never knew we never knew are vast and they’re all hidden in the heart of the Father. We need to learn to listen to his voice. He is the One who paints with all the colors of the wind. We are the ones who have a lot to learn. He looks for hearts that are open to him
Teach us, God, to number our days so that we might gain a heart of wisdom!