by ALisa Casas
God chooses family relationships to describe the closeness with which we must align ourselves to wisdom and understanding. There is a special description of relationship when speaking of “sisters.” Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister, intimately acquainted, greatly beloved, and highly delighted in… (Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible).
Proverbs 7:4: “Say to wisdom, ‘You are my sister,’ and to insight, ‘You are my relative.’”
We are to be acquainted with, in love with, and delighted with wisdom as we are with our sisters.
Reflection is often the time in which wisdom visits. When we think back on a moment or a situation and analyze our thoughts and behaviors through the lens of scripture, we can hear that still small voice giving us understanding and insight.
So it is with our sisters. As children we laughed, cried, competed, fought, played, and grew together. Every day of our youth was filled with the exuberance and innocence of childhood. It isn’t until we are fully grown that we are able to reflect on our relationships and truly appreciate our sisters.
Wisdom is a teacher that equally uses failures and victories to
guide us into the paths God has ordained. Failure provides us an opportunity to be introspective and contemplate the lessons of the moment. We choose to submit to the hurt and disappointment of our brokenness by learning from the experience rather than breaking. We accept victory with the caveat that it is only possible through the grace of God. Recognizing that defeats are not final and victories are not exclusive is the ultimate message that wisdom conveys.
So it is with our sibling relationships. Teenage battles over clothes and status are momentary. Youthful victories over disagreements and misunderstandings are fleeting. Relationships and unfettered love are the goals we strive to attain with each other. Sometimes these goals are only reached after long periods of failing, succeeding, and reflecting. It may take years before we are able to see our sisters with the same eyes as God. These eyes see women of value, worth, and beauty. These eyes see value that has nothing to do with accomplishment but everything to do with the embodiment of God’s creation.
Gaining wisdom is hard; having authentic relationships is hard. Knowledge can come through reading, hearing, and seeing, whereas wisdom usually comes through doing. Relationships can be superficial or consuming, but the choice to have authenticity between each other results after trial and error and the determination to grasp that which is arduous to attain.
Let us remember to seek wisdom and let us remember to cherish our sisters.
Do you have a sister that is special to you? Do you cherish wisdom like a dear sister? Please let us know in the comments.
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