Last night a friend of ours took my husband and me out to dinner. We arrived at 5 p.m., ( before the rush) and enjoyed a delightful dinner and the company of another.
When our dinner was over my husband looked to his right and commented that the conversation must have been enlightening, because none of us had noticed that the dining room had become standing-room only. A moment later a man came and stood beside our table, and we each looked at him and smiled.
“Hello, my name is Bob. It’s freezing outside so I’m trying to find warmth. Do you mind if I stand here?”
“No worries.” said my husband.
When we decided that we should leave, Bob looked at my husband and asked, “Hey man. Do you mind if I sit with you for a few? The waitress will think I’m with you, and I won’t have to wait for a table when you leave.”
I couldn’t help but ask, “Isn’t that wrong?”
“Well,” he replied “I’m here alone. I figure that if I’m at this big table, and someone else is alone, they will come up and ask if they can sit with me, and then ‘we’ won’t be alone anymore. And, I won’t have to wait for them to call my name.”
We got up from the table and I said, “There’s nothing I can do if you ‘choose’ to sit down after we leave. The choice is up to you.”
I walked out the door, and then walked over to the window and looked through its glass. I noticed that he was sitting in the chair, but not quietly. I believe the moment he sat down he realized that it wasn’t the right thing to do.
I’m glad God sent the “unexpected” guest over to our table. I was able to see the reason he wanted the table, ( to make a new friend) but the way he was going about it was wrong.
As I drove home I had to wonder how many times in my life did I sit down before my name was called?
1 Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 At the highest point along the way,
where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3 beside the gate leading into the city,
at the entrance, she cries aloud:
4 “To you, O people, I call out;
I raise my voice to all humankind.
5 You who are simple, gain prudence;
you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.
6 Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say;
I open my lips to speak what is right.
7 My mouth speaks what is true,
for my lips detest wickedness.
8 All the words of my mouth are just;
none of them is crooked or perverse.
9 To the discerning all of them are right;
they are upright to those who have found knowledge.
10 Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
I possess knowledge and discretion.
13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil;
I hate pride and arrogance,
evil behavior and perverse speech.
14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine;
I have insight, I have power.
15 By me kings reign
and rulers issue decrees that are just;
16 by me princes govern,
and nobles—all who rule on earth.
17 I love those who love me,
and those who seek me find me.
18 With me are riches and honor,
enduring wealth and prosperity.
19 My fruit is better than fine gold;
what I yield surpasses choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,
along the paths of justice,
21 bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me
and making their treasuries full.
22 “The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works,
before his deeds of old;
23 I was formed long ages ago,
at the very beginning, when the world came to be.
24 When there were no oceans, I was given birth,
when there were no springs abounding with water;
25 before the mountains were settled in place,
before the hills, I was given birth,
26 before he made the world or its fields
or any of the dust of the earth.
27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,
when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
28 when he established the clouds above
and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
29 when he gave the sea its boundary
so the waters would not overstep his command,
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
30 Then I was constantly at his side.
I was filled with delight day after day,
rejoicing always in his presence,
31 rejoicing in his whole world
and delighting in humankind.
32 “Now then, my children, listen to me;
blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
do not disregard it.
34 Blessed are those who listen to me,
watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway.
35 For those who find me find life
and receive favor from the LORD.
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
all who hate me love death.”
Onward by Faith!