Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Job Blog #1- Wisdom...

The Price of Wisdom

“But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? Man does not know it’s worth and it is not found in the land of the living.” (Job 28:12-13)

Civilizations have risen, and fallen, on the culmination of human wisdom. It has become easy to remain comfortable in a society that has interpreted the benefits of human wisdom, as the gains for materialism, and personal power. If humanity has a tendency to view wisdom as a means to personal gain, then Job’s acquisition of “humbling-spiritual wisdom” stands as a testament for the ‘difficult pathway’. At what point do we then realize the shortcomings of human wisdom, in the face of God’s divine wisdom?

In endless attempts to find wisdom, fallible mankind has sought out riches, power, and security in place of reflection in, and waiting for, God’s guidance. I have found that so many times in my life, I continually fail at being even conceivably knowledgeable, let alone providing any sense of true wisdom. I can look through the world in a subjective, inward manner, only to find myself ‘running in circles’. The statement: “man does not know its worth”, seems to be pretty clear that the importance of true wisdom is not something easily attained, as it is bestowed upon man by God through the processes of faith, prayer, and experience.

An individual could know (intricately) endless facts, exemplify perfect values, and understand the concepts of society in a way that exemplifies its greatest ‘achievements’; but in the end it all pales in comparison to God’s wisdom. To be placed in the “full spectrum” of God’s omniscience, man faces the obstacles of his own fallible wisdom. The ‘hymn of wisdom’ asks the questions that many of us do not want to ask, because we do not want to find ourselves ‘coming up short’, but in the strictest sense, we are not God, and only he has the ultimate truth. Our goal is then to seek his guidance, in an attempt to better understand God’s divine wisdom. We should be asking questions, we should be challenging misconceptions, but we should also be finding solace.


Sunday, April 5, 2009

I wish I had time for real blog writing.... maybe soon...

So many things have happened over the course of this semester; some good, some bad, some indifferent. I have been challenged by the elements before me, yet I have struggled so much to continue moving. I have no idea what the future holds, yet I feel a peace in knowing that God will protect me... hope is key.

Recently I applied to take another semester (through Simpson, as a study abroad program) down in Los Angeles, doing a film studies program. The idea came upon weeks of confusion, and dismay over making a real decision. If I get accepted (which I won't know about until the 17th) it would mean moving down to L.A. for four months, getting a real internship (Paramount Vantage or Miramax, I hope!!!!!! :D), taking a couple film courses, and figuring out how to take the next steps towards the future. I need to raise my GPA (I'm pretty open about that fact, as every semester I have been getting 3.1's... except for my first four semesters... which in lies the problem). Taking another semester, allows me to invest in a new opportunity, as well as improving my GPA standings, to eventually get into graduate work studying communications. With a masters/doctorate... I hope to one day teach.. and work for organizations raising social awareness... and writing... travel... etc...

I have big ideas, but not always big motivations... and making the step to apply for this program (literally at the last minute!!!) has been a great challenge to my 'last minute' decision making ideals...

I hope for the best, and trust that God has me in his care... and I know that he will never forsake me....

I want to write a blog soon about Simpson (more in depth...) as well as a blog about my friends...

Side Note:

I am part of a team of 5 going to Sapporo, Japan this summer (for 6 weeks), and we have been struggling to get funds together (each of us need 4000!), and so I ask for prayer at this time that funds will come in. I need another 2000 to go, and it can be overwhelming (with school) to have to constantly worry about raising it. My stress levels have been going crazy this past month... and I am really hoping that things will continue to look better...