If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? (Proverbs 24:12)
If you’re looking for something fun to do on a hot summer day, why not spend fifty bucks on a pail of dirt and see what you can find? This was our thought process the other day as we discussed our options with kids in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
We had already floated down Deep Creek on tubes, twice. We had already eaten barbecue three times. We had already kayaked, swam, and floated in life jackets in a freezing cold lake. One thing we hadn’t done…ruby mining.
So we took the kids, doled out the cash, and hauled a giant bucket of dirt over to a wooden trough to be sifted.
Three miners lined up ready, as Tom and I poured one shovelful after another into their metal strainers. Dirt turned to mud, and gems were found. Each treasure more exciting than the next. And it was really, really fun.
Ruby mining in the mountains kind of reminds me of what it’s like to read the Proverbs. The entire book espouses the search for wisdom, the benefits of mining this vital life treasure. Yet the book itself feels a bit random to me, each little nugget entirely different from the one before. Like gems, rocks, treasures to be found, each one unique.
This morning, while sifting through yet another chapter of this treasure trove of a book, I came upon this gem…he who guards your life. There it sat. Hidden in the context of the verse before, which talks about rescuing someone being led away to death. Buried in the midst of mounds of others verses, five words to comfort my soul.
You see, I often pretend to have a lot of wisdom. I have all sorts of plans. I know where my life is headed, and exactly what I’m going to do, and it’s all sorted out. But the truth is, in my heart of hearts I know, I have no idea about my life.
I thought by now, I would really know. But life is a giant journey of figuring it out as you go. And there’s so much I have yet to figure.
About following Jesus. About parenting. About how to really love people. About how to be humble and selfless. About how to be a good friend. About how to love my neighbor. About how to really love and support my husband. About this life God has given to me.
When I’m honest with myself, I realize I know so little. I pray, I seek God, I try to listen to His voice. But most times I’m still guessing at His will. And I make so many mistakes. Way more mistakes than I’d like to admit.
And so I love these five words dug out of Proverbs, hidden within a rather obscure verse that says, I know nothing. But God perceives everything. And this One who perceives everything, guards my life. Guards your life. As we seek Him, He guards us. He keeps us, in all our not-knowing.
So I pray, God, I am counting on you. I am counting on you as a parent my kids, as I relate to my husband. I am counting on you to guide and guard and help me. I am counting on you as I interact with neighbors, friends, those that I love. I am counting on your grace to guard me with a love that protects me, even from my own foolishness.
I am counting on you, Lord, as I make decisions. Big and small decisions all the time. And I’m trying to hear from you, but figuring out your will and desire for me is tricky and sometimes I feel like I’m just guessing. But I’m so wanting what you want for me, so I’m counting on you to guard my decisions.
Oh, Lord, I’m counting on you to guard my life. I know nothing, Lord, so I’m counting on you.
I will follow the wisdom of Proverbs, and keep seeking out wisdom itself. For…
…wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. (Proverbs 8:11)
But still, I’m figuring it out as I go. So I find comfort in these five gems I recently found, for they are wisdom themselves. He who guards your life.
As I figure things it, I’m so grateful there is One who perceives all, who looks out for me, guiding me, guarding my life. Because I know that He’s good. And a good guard is the very best kind.
My kids did find some real treasures that day. Caleb dug out a good-sized ruby. Micah found a large emerald. And Sophie discovered a big hunk of sapphire. But, you know what was strange? They didn’t look like gems at all. They just looked like rocks, rocks that you could just trip over and never know the difference.
What makes them really valuable is the cutting, the polishing, the fine tuning of a jeweler who makes them shine with their true essence.
And that’s what I’m counting on for my life. Although I may be dull, and uncertain, and know very little. The One who guards my life is guiding, helping, shaping my story into something that will shine, by His grace, into its true essence. Exactly as He determined it to be.
What about you?
Where do you need wisdom in your life today?
Does it comfort you to know that God guards your life?
Is it a gem for your soul to know He perceives all?