But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
As with the church I love to photograph, I can see it, touch it, discuss it, move in, around and through it, but I don’t know it. I know basically why it exists - I can find the name of the architect, when it was built, the reason one tower is shorter and a multitude of other facts.
I do not know, however, how it resonates with God’s larger purposes. It may be a place of worship, or just a lovely building, but that is not the whole, or often even real story. I cannot know how many burdens were cast at the altar inside or even on the steps in front. I cannot find the hidden soul records of inner transformation, nor the fountains of forgiveness freely flowing from those so transformed. I do not see the struggling saint or sinner sing in glorious release of inner burdens as the light plays on the stained glass at sunrise or set. I am not privy to the answers to prayers prayed over the decades of its use.
The same with our trials. We may see them, feel them, walk around them, stumble over them and even ignore them or question, "Why me?" But we do not see them from the perspective of wisdom's walk through them. We must understand the mystery of our trials and how the wisdom granted our feeble selves transforms those who witness our perseverance, our victories, our faithfulness and even our relationships with our fallings.
As you journey through 2020, ask for wisdom in valleys and peaks; for a different perspective. We encounter so many things as we journey through life that we have no clue how to handle or even why we must handle them. Depending on the circumstances or trial our responses can vary from deep shame in a dark valley to unbridled elation of a scaled peak that seemed impossible in the beginning.