Lessons in Wisdom : Proverbs 3:5-8

I didn’t have much time, maybe an hour, but when my floating shelves arrived I was determined to use that hour to get them hung and looking beautiful. I marked the wall where I wanted them, made sure they were level, and set to work. To save a little time, I used a hammer and nail to get the hole for the drywall anchors started instead of walking to my husband’s workshop for a drill. Yes! I was going to do this.

Well, the first anchor was destroyed when I tried pounding into the wall. No big deal. I could forego that one since the hole conveniently lined up with a stud. The next few anchors went in without an issue – everything was looking good – so I placed the brackets over the holes to begin screwing them in place. A couple of twists into securing the first screw and it pushed into the wall without resistance. The same thing happened with the next two holes. Somehow, I managed to push the anchors so far into the wall they were useless. The bracket wasn’t stable, let alone the shelf, and I was left with five holes in the wall that needed to be patched and repainted.

I often do things like this; getting an idea in my head and charging forward to get the job done without taking the time to do the job right or asking for help. When it comes to shelves and decorations it’s no big deal. Those things can be fixed. But when it involves important issues, like agreeing to volunteer without really understanding what I’m volunteering for or making a big decision on impulse, the consequences can be severe and I can end up doing more harm than good. Or maybe I end up doing nothing at all, which can be just as painful.

Sometimes, instead of creating holes that need to get patched up, it’s easier to do things right the first time. And though it’s not always easy, God says if we trust Him, He will show us what to do. So I guess the question is, how much do you really trust Him?


Thrive in Five – One set of Bible verses, 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Let’s dive into God’s Word.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.

Proverbs 3:5-8 NLT

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