If you’ve lived to be much past the age of 25, you have learned that it’s possible to wait—sometimes for a long time—for the right moment, the right words, the right person, or the right outcome. Wisdom understands that most worthwhile experiences do not happen instantly or precisely when we want them. We know that, given enough time and a little attention, many problems do work out. We also acknowledge the human tendency to worry about a lot of things that will never happen—and to disbelieve that really wonderful things might happen to us.
How do we act when our faith is enriched by wisdom? What do we know that we didn’t used to know? What do we fear less and expect more?
Try writing three statements, as a spiritual practice of faith-wisdom.
- The thing I used to fear that I no longer fear is . . .
- Here are four words that, for me, describe real faith:
- At this stage of my life and growth, I believe that God loves me because . . .
During the season of holy waiting, it can help to remind ourselves and one another of the beautiful lessons we have learned. Authentic faith in a loving God learns with each experience and passing year.