This past week, on a trip to a state park – hiking on a trail marked “moderate to difficult,” I found myself facing a rock wall as part of the path. Now for many this would have been a, “sure, I can do this, just watch.” But for me, it was “are you kidding me!!” We had already hiked a little over 2 miles of the trail, and were within sight of our goal: a covered bridge built at the turn of the 20th century. Two other couples, who were a bit younger and not in any better shape then me, struggled down the wall, finding foot holds and letting gravity do its thing, But up was a whole different matter. Over the years on adventures, I’ve torn my ACL completed apart, broke my leg a couple of times, as well as ending up with bruised and cracked ribs. So, when I looked at the wall, probably not impossible for me to climb, but a challenge, I had to decide if I wanted to spend my evening at a nice local restaurant or the ER.
In part, I think this is what the scripture is about. In life we have adventures, and gain wisdom along the way. Claiming that wisdom is not about being afraid, but having the knowledge and ability to weigh options and make good decision. Did you know that you can drive to the covered bridge and then go out for dinner without the use of an ambulance!!