Credit.

If you’ve heard this before, read something else today. I talk in many places about the same few things. And one of them is wisdom

The person in the bed was sorting through options. There were choices to be made about a surgery. Choices of where and who and when. When you have little to do but think, and you have a well-developed capacity for thinking about options and implications, about what people will think and what other people need, you can get stuck. 

We talked for awhile, the person in the bed and I. And then I suggested that she could ask God for wisdom. Not for answers, though sometimes I ask for that. Not for a miracle, though I sometimes ask for that. For wisdom. 

I suggest asking for wisdom because James wrote that if we don’t have wisdom we can ask for it and God will provide it. “Without finding fault,” James says. 

Wisdom looks like a thought we’ve never had. Wisdom looks like clarity about implications. Wisdom looks like a new option, a new resolve.

But, I said, we often miss the answer because we don’t connect the new thought, the new answer, the new clarity to the request to God. 

And then I said, “be courageous.”

She smiled. “That’s what I’ve been asking my friends to pray for this time. That I will have courage.”

I told her that I, of course, hadn’t known that.

We both smiled. I talked with God about peace and wisdom and courage.

When we give credit where credit is due, we have greater confidence that God is listening. 

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Thanks to Nancy for giving me a word for this post.