Adrift At Sea

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 1

Gold Nugget
Verse 20: "Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares."

"Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink". In the poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner", Samuel Taylor Coleridge described a ship adrift at sea surrounded by water, but not a drop to drink for the sailors dying of thirst. The irony of dying of thirst surrounded by water is a phrase that grew beyond the poem itself. Often what is readily available may not be viable. Such is the way of counsel. When we are in desperate need of wisdom, we may be surrounded by a sea of opinions without a drop to drink. That is, there may be plenty of ideas from those we have surrounded ourselves with, but their direction may be of little use or even potential further harm to our situation.

The irony of being surrounded by wisdom while starving for wisdom does not go unnoticed by God. He sees the pilgrim desperate for direction, all the while there are maps all around him. Each map showing the way home. We live in a country where bibles are everywhere for free. Many homes have several bibles within them, while there are so many of the owners lost at sea. Like todays gold nugget reads, "Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares." Here the Scriptures describe wisdom as readily available. Literally crying out in the open squares. If only we would take advantage of the truth God has put at our fingertips.

Lord, help me to take advantage of you and your Word that is so freely available to me. Help me to never take for granted what so many starve for. Amen

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