glasses“A thang” is ye old beach bum lingo from long ago, “a thang” being a bit of mischief teetering somewhere on the edge of legality and wisdom. So, are we going to do this thang or has common sense and reason intruded on our plans?

Those bad boys either getting in fights or sitting in the county jail we’d often say, yep, he’s just doing his thang again. Cutting your way through a chain link fence so you can skate around in an abandoned swimming pool, just a thang.

All in good humor here, but I am immersed in this “Proverbs thang” for the month of October and having a bit of fun with it already. For my atheist friends, notice the word is “immersed” not “indoctrinated,” you bloody morons.

Sorry, that last part just slipped out.

surfingMost of this “Proverbs thang” is happening outside of the internet, on the ground, IRL, but to help me stay accountable and focused I will probably try to blog some thoughts on Proverbs during the month of October.

I shall begin immediately with Proverbs one, the beginning of knowledge, the call of wisdom. Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice,” 1:20. She is female you know, wisdom in the bible. I love the poetry inherant in that.

I’m a mom, a wife, a grandma, a sister, an aunt, a daughter. My life is sprinkled with endless moments  of trying to impart wisdom on people like, don’t run with that stick, you’ll poke an eye out. And now see, you’ve gone and poked an eye out, just like I said. We don’t have replacement eyeballs laying around in the junk drawer. I wish you had just heard me the first 15 times!

That’s been my life for many years.

Why is wisdom female?  I suspect in part becasue no one ever listens to her. Harsh but true. We all tend to believe we know it all already. We don’t need no stinking wisdom. Like Frank Sinatra, we’re all hoping to sing, “I did it my way!”

So, Proverbs 1:33 says, but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.” There is great truth there and wisdom. Like a mom, wisdom is concerned for our well being, desiring to help us avert disaster, to assist us to have a life of ease, rather than of dread and hardship.

choc“Ease,” does not mean lounging around on the sofa eating bon bons. We are speaking of spiritual and emotional ease here. “Life is hard. It’s a whole lot harder if you’re stupid.” John Wayne gets the credit for that quote, but wisdom suggests it did not orginate with him.

The path to wisdom always begins with intellectual humility, complete surrender. The smartest, most intelligent people in the world, are often keenly aware of how little they know, and are willing to let go and lean not into their own understanding. That’s part of what makes them so smart.

God, I’m a moron. Let me get still and quiet and really listen to what you are telling me about my life, my situation, my circumstances.