By: Tamika M.
Today is the day. The day I look forward to every year.
All the holidays pass, and we transition from spring, summer, fall, and winter, and I finally arrive today: December 10th, the day on which I was born.
Today I celebrate leaving my 20's and entering my 30's.
While many people say their 20's is the most challenging time of their lives, I found that my 20's were the most beneficial.
In my 20's, I learned so many lessons, and in my 20's, I began to grow a solid foundation in my relationship with Christ.
As I start this new decade, I reflect on James 1:5 that says:
"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." James 1:5 (KJV)
People tell you that with age comes wisdom, and while I do not want to negate the validity of that statement, there is another truth. There is the truth that we can find wisdom in and from many things, but the Bible here in this passage reminds us that we can find wisdom from God! Not in the things of this world, not in our life experiences, but we can gain true wisdom, knowledge, and understanding from God. And to attain this wisdom, the Bible says all we have to do is seek the Father.
Proverbs 21:2 says:
"Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts." Proverbs 21:2 (KJV)
This tells us that while we can find wisdom in and of ourselves, our wisdom may not always be in alignment with God's purpose. If I can be honest, in my 20's, I found myself trying to be lead myself, but it was also in this season that I truly began to learn that my ways and God's are different. I found that I can rest in the truth that God is in control, and if I lean into him, if I learn him, and if I trust him, he will lead me and make even my crooked paths straight.
Despite my crooked paths, despite my mistakes, despite my failures, I am standing here. I am standing here because God's truth kept me; I am standing here because I have learned that when I trust God, he will keep me, and I never have to go through anything alone. I have learned that I can trust in his truth, and he will lead me.
So today, as I enter this new decade, I rest in this truth. I rest in the word that I need God to lead me, and I do not need to lead myself. I set myself on a path to knowing God more and knowing him deeper; I set on a path to seek him more, understand him more, and share him more. Wisdom does not merely come from life experiences; the Bible reminds us that true wisdom comes from the Father.