True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. ~Socrates
Sometimes God answers prayers in some whack-o ways.
“Lord, I want more kids.”
Ok, there are five in your backyard who need an extra mama. Oh, here are three more who need some guidance. Here’s another. Oh wait, try this one on too.
“Lord, I want to be a missionary.”
Alright, get ready for this. Walk upstairs and turn on your computer. 573 students later you’ll still be taking Jesus to mainland China and other places around the world.
“Lord, I want to honor my parents as they age and need help. Can we go home?”
Sure, but step it up a notch. Honor ME and them. Open a tea and coffee shop. Tell people that I still love them. Be me to others. Walk with them. Answer questions. Love and talk and hug and cry, and give them a cinnamon roll.
Paul prepared the Corinthians for similar conversations. He told them wisdom doesn’t look like wisdom to the world. What makes sense is actually sort of senseless. And when you think you’ve got your act together, think again. Intermission is over, and the clowns are on the way.
So what prayer is God answering for you?
Does a job change mean less money but more opportunity to serve?
Does a plea for supportive friends look like a neighbor who mows the grass in her bra and rain boots?
Does the request for more Bible knowledge begin with you teaching a community Bible study?
Whatever you’re asking God, you can bet the crazy answer will be just what you didn’t know you were looking for.
26 Think about the circumstances of your call, brothers and sisters. Not many were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were born to a privileged position. 27 But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, 29 so that no one can boast in his presence. 30 He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 NET