A common coping mechanism, as we deal with our daily life, is to dilute the details of truth and reality, to look in the other direction and not consider their implications in the here and now. Wisdom is found in the opposite attitude. And wisdom is what we need to make sense of this life.
There is a group of individuals, 10 or maybe 12 strong, waiting for the Oracle to interview them and, then, determine if any of them is the One. Morpheus is convinced that the young man he has brought, a computer hacker who goes by the name of Neo, will fit the bill.
While waiting, Neo sees a kid holding a spoon right in front of the boy’s face and then bending it, without applying any apparent physical force. Becoming aware of Neo’s glance, the boy explains:
Do not try and bend the spoon, that’s impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth…there is no spoon. Then you’ll see that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.
I have tried.
When I was about 7 or 8 year old, in Mexico, I read a book about the power of mind over matter, and invested countless hours trying to bend a spoon using nothing but the power of my thoughts.
It never worked.
As an adult, I have been trying to “bend the spoon” by – for all practical purposes – believing there is no spoon.
It has never worked. Blessed “spoon” insists in pushing back and declaring that, in fact, it is there!
Not dealing with reality and truth will seldom, if ever, work; it does not matter what Morpheus would like us to believe.
Solomon, on the other hand, inspired by God the Holy Spirit, tells us that wisdom is what we need to deal with this life, failures and successes included. Wisdom, says the Preacher, defines what is better, enables us to deal with truth and reality, and it is a treasure worthy of being preserved.
Here is wisdom:
Consider the work of God:
who can make straight what he has made crooked?
In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.Ecclesiastes 7:14-15
Because of who He is and what He does, i.e. His Beauty, we can deal with the truth and reality of the spoon being right there; no need to bend over backwards to avoid dealing with it.
What circumstances would you love to believe are not there? How have you been bending yourself to avoid reality and truth?
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.