Asking for Wisdom

Today my physical therapist came for a visit. It was a good workout with using the walker to do some laps around the family room. I walked about 30 feet or so before a rest which was the distance I was doing at the rehab hospital before returning home.

Christian and Bridget and the grandkids came up this afternoon. It is great to have them here for a visit. I didn’t realize that hey had not seen me walk with my walker. All of the equipment keeps them amused. Christian gave Ellie a ride on the four-wheel walker. Cade tried his hand at navigating in my power wheelchair and Ellie and Cade used my standing frame as a jungle gym.

We moved my car out of the driveway so the grandkids could use the ramp for their scooters. This provided me the opportunity that I have been waiting for to get into the driver seat of my car. Since I was there I decided to try to take a drive. Christian and Caedmon and Riley were brave enough to get in with me. I did pretty good just driving a couple of miles around our neighborhood. Now I just need to figure out how to get a wheelchair into the trunk or backseat, or have some help on the leaving and arriving end of a trip.


“I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”  1 Kings 3:7-9

These verses are King Solomon’s response to the Lord who appeared to him in a dream and said, “Ask whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon’s response showed his humility and the priority of being a wise ruler.  Solomon would later record in Proverbs the observation:

“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding..” Prov.3:13

The Lord honored Solomon’s priority for wisdom and in response told him that He would grant him what he did not ask for. As a result Solomon gain wisdom and wealth and status as a ruler during His reign.

However, asking for wisdom and being wise in actions are not the same. Solomon during his reign demonstrated and was commended for his wisdom. The account of the two women claiming the same child and Solomon’s recommendation to “cut the child in half” in order to reveal the true mother is still referenced today when difficult issues are being solved. I remember in the legislature a reference to this story on several occasions, although I’m not sure if everyone really understood the background or the original story.

While Solomon is known for asking for wisdom, he made some foolish decisions. He endeavored to maintain peace with surrounding nations by taking wives from those nations. This practice common in the day shows seeking security through worldly wisdom and not Godly wisdom.Solomon said it well when he said, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Prov. 9:10.

SAM_0742As we keep Christ at the center of our lives, we can know that His wisdom is available to us to help us in our personal lives, our jobs and relationships. I am glad that God still honors the request for wisdom. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James1:5