PASTOR'S PEN: Awareness test
It’s easy to miss something right in front of us. Several years ago, a road safety video was produced in the United Kingdom. It featured eight basketball players, four dressed in white and four dressed in black. The question was posed, “How many passes does the team in white make?” One watching the video would focus intently on the players as they passed the ball ending up with a total of 13 passes. But after the video another question was asked, “Did you see the moonwalking bear?” Unbeknownst to most people watching the video, a man dressed in a bear suit walked through the scene, danced in the middle of the screen and moonwalked off. How could so many miss such an obvious character? The video ended with this phrase, “It’s easy to miss something you’re not looking for.”
I think that phrase perfectly describes Proverbs 8. The first two verses say this,
“Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud ...”
The point here is that wisdom is standing in the way calling out to you and I. We like to think wisdom is a difficult thing to find. We say that “sin is around every corner,” but we don’t recognize wisdom when it’s staring us in the face. Is it that it’s not there or that we’re not looking for it?
Now that I’ve told you about the road safety video you’ll probably look it up online. The first thing you’ll notice is a moonwalking bear — because you’re looking for it. Wisdom is just as obvious. This week set your mind and heart to look for wisdom rather than foolishness. Instead of seeking out sin and seeing all the things you can do wrong blatantly before you, which they are; look for righteousness, wisdom and knowledge. They are also front and center. You simply have to look for them.