Lessons From a Friend
When I was a child, I heard someone say a word I had not heard before. The way the word was being used clearly conveyed it was something important. Later, I asked my Dad about it.
“Hey Dad, what is wisdom?”
He gently responded, “It is when someone is really smart about stuff that REALLY matters”.
I am not sure if I said it, but I remember thinking, “Then, that’s what I want!”
Since that time seeking wisdom has been important to me. It is a quality that impacts all areas of life.
Today, I had breakfast with a friend. Our conversation reminded me of just how important this trait is because it shapes the core of who someone can become when they are seeking the right things.
As we started to talk, he told me a story about the birth of his son. He and his wife had been dealing with infertility for years and had given up on ever having a child. They were ecstatic beyond words to find out they were having a baby!
Then the bottom fell out.
During the pregnancy his wife’s blood pressure became dangerously high and there were serious concerns about the condition of her heart. However, the doctor assured them, once the baby was delivered all would be fine. Then, at about seven months, my friend heard words which should have been exciting, but the timing made them terrifying.
“We are delivering the baby right now”
Hope and fear clashed in a way that these two opposing forces almost became one. Their beautiful son was only four pounds with severely underdeveloped lungs. As my friend prepared to share this moment with his bride she plunged into a coma.
He heard words he has never forgotten.
“She might never wake up”.
“Even if she does it could be worse.”
“If she doesn’t wake up in the next 48 hours she probably never will.”