Wise instruction from unchanging truths?
Poetic verse and metaphor have a way of piquing my brain. Warnings and instructions. Adventures or tragedies. I want to dig deeper. Learn more. They’re like ghost stories without the scary ghosts, and they’re sprinkled throughout several books in the Bible. Many refer to unchanging truths about wisdom, beauty, and change.
God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.Reinhold Niebuhr (Excerpt from the Serenity Prayer)
Wisdom personified and changing inside.
One of my favorites is the book of Proverbs. It’s where wisdom is personified and takes on a life of its own. The chapters beckon me until I ask for more. I’m reminded how we can’t buy the magic that changes us inside and shows on the outside. After all, the unchanging truths about wisdom and beauty are a gift given by the only one who is forever unchanging.
They say Wisdom’s beauty is like no other. It’s the essence of Love’s soul. Time and sorrow cannot erase the magnificence of one who is truly beautiful.Joann Claypoole (Excerpt from ‘Beautiful’ ~ Prayer Poetry Series, 2009-2011)
Gaining insight from children, nature, and changing seasons…
Authors, like King Solomon, wrote about wisdom with lyrical prose and a romantic heart. Several years ago, I wrote a prayer poetry series. It included my artistic vision of wisdom. Since I love to connect with children and nature, it was natural for me to ask for wisdom regarding the Holy Spirit’s sanctuary and how one might gain insight from innocent minds or green pastures. I’ve included a few re-worked verses throughout this post:
For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.Proverbs 2:6 (KJV)
…Wisdom is the gentle breeze that soothes tired little eyes and bids them to sleep. She is like a misty rain that cools a father’s head and the dandelion wishes of childhood that refreshes mother’s mind. She’s like the ever-flowing river of forgiveness that’s never empty and teaches us to forgive. She is like a majestic, snow-covered mountain that reaches up to heaven. Beautiful.Joann Claypoole (Excerpt from ‘Beautiful’ ~ Prayer Poetry Series, 2009-2011)
Understanding how unchanging truths lead to real change.
…Wisdom calms my spirit with the truth of the Holy Spirit’s word. She eases tension with truth and teaches me to delight in other’s triumphs. She shares in other’s trials. She is nourishment for my heart.Joann Claypoole (Excerpt from ‘Beautiful’ ~ Prayer Poetry Series, 2009-2011)
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.Proverbs 3:15 (ESV)
Wisdom’s beauty treatment
Wisdom guides discerning hearts. Like the unchanging Father, she helps us change.
- Truth softens.
- Wisdom smoothes.
- Love heals.
- Jesus erases.
She is beautiful. Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. Forever the same, but an agent of change.
She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.Proverbs 3:15 (ESV)
Spring has sprung! Daffodils, hyacinths, and beds of tulips usher in longer days. Have you ever questioned the significance of the meaning of the many different seasons in your life? What if all the ups and downs and all arounds are gifts meant to guide us onward? How will we know when it’s time to be still or close one door or chapter in life, and turn the page to open or start another?
Please join the conversation. I’d love to hear your thoughts about Unchanging Truths About Wisdom, Beauty, and Change here in the Inspire A Fire comments section below this post. I pray the scriptures, quotes, and images I’ve included in this post inspire you to seek a closer relationship with our creator of all seasons and to be a blessing to others on this ever-changing journey we call life.
You can read and share my Inspire A Fire stories here, or click a few highlighted post links throughout this post. Please check out my Dreamdove’s Flights of Fancy blog too! Wishing you good health, joy, and the wisdom to know when to move on to your next chapter. ~ Joann
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