Not too long ago I read aloud one of my favorite children’s books, The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco (Favorite children’s author too, by the way). Funny thing was I was reading to adults.
Our book club had decided to share their favorite children’s book that month. This was in response to the fact that no one had finished that month’s book; but we all wanted to get together anyway. It turned out to be such a special time, sharing well known books we’d read to our little ones while discovering new and fantastic books to read in the future.
A few weeks ago in my morning devotions I read this, Proverbs 24:13,14 (13) Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste. (14) Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
It got me thinking about The Bee Tree.
In The Bee Tree the grandfather tries to show his granddaughter what a valuable treasure reading is after she expresses some frustration. He takes her on an adventure where they chase bees to their bee tree full of honey. Most of the book is a whimsical traipse through the forest where they pick up a modge podge of characters who join in the chase.
When they do finally reach the Bee Tree, they “smoke out” the bees and lull them to sleep. Only then can they safely reach inside the tree and get the sweet, delicious honey.
By the end of the book, the granddaughter is taught that, just like she had to chase the bee to get the honey, she must chase down the words in a book and not give up in her reading. She must keep working at it and the rewards would be great.
I highly value reading and good books. Yet how much more should I
value getting wisdom and chasing it down like a treasure?
I wish I could say that I read my Bible without fail, each day, 100% of the time.
On most days I do, though. It hasn’t always been this way. It’s just been in the last few years that I’ve finally developed a discipline of spending time in the Word.
This is not a pat on the back, mind you. Oh no!
I think I finally grasped the fact that I cannot do this life without God’s wisdom. I realized with great and humbling clarity that if my goal is to be a godly woman, wife, mother and friend, I have to spend time in God’s Word. I have to chase wisdom down. It won’t seep through me osmosis style just by going to church on Sundays.
If my desire is to be used by God, to reach others for Him, to raise my kids in the paths of righteousness, to find true contentment and purpose in my life, I must have a relationship with Him, a deep one. That first comes by spending time in His Word on a regular basis. It takes discipline; it takes effort; it takes sacrifice. Yet, the rewards are great. What a joy it is to spend time learning about who God is! It changes the filter on how I see life. It convicts me and grows me. I’ve begun to see answered prayers in my life because I’m taking time to communicate with Him.
This is not me being awesome.
This is not about me being a super Christian, oh no! This is Christ enabling me to do something I’ve struggled with for so many years. I pray that when I do miss days of quiet time ( because I do ) or I’m tempted to skip out on that time that He he will speak to my heart and remind me that I must chase wisdom. And doesn’t He speak to us? It’s really just about listening and obeying, right?
Yes, there are those days that I desire and I try to spend quiet time with God and it’s. just. not quiet. I’ve been up with a sick child all night. I’ve stayed up too late the night before and the snooze button wins. Henry decides to wake up at the crack of dawn. (He’s my early riser.) There goes my quiet time! You name it, life happens.
It’s not a one time sprint. It’s a growing journey that won’t end until I’m in Heaven with Him.
Boy, do I have so much more growing to do. Like the little girl chasing the adventure and pleasure found in the precious pages of a good book, though, I’m chasing the precious wisdom found in the greatest of books.