The wise woman saved a town and gave King David’s leaders what they wanted. Sounds like a win-win, except for Sheba. Funny that I pictured her to be an old woman, hunched over with a shawl. Our reading doesn’t say anything about her age! Hmm. Curious.
I guess I usually equate wisdom with age. After all, I feel a lot smarter than I did when I was younger. Life lessons, plenty of mistakes and wrong directions, including smart course corrections. But then I also think that my granddaughter is “wise beyond her years!”
Have you ever played the game “Follow the Leader?” I remember as a child parading around the room all mimicking the person at the front of the line. We would take turns. Some people were better leaders than others. I never wanted to be the leader. I was shy and unsure of myself. Why would people want to follow me? That was then. Now, it bothers me when I don’t have control. What changed? I have been walking with the wise.
Verse 20 spoke to me today. (As always, I encourage your
comments if another verse spoke to you.) It says, “Walk with the wise and
become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.” I can almost
hear my mother’s voice reminding me “be careful who you associate with.” I
remember being constantly on the look out to keep away from those “fools” who
might get me in trouble. But then, I hit my teen years and a bit of rebellion
burst forth. I didn’t get into serious trouble, thankfully, but I certainly
wasn’t hanging out with a wise bunch all the time.