A Fool & His Folly

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen the Bible verses I’ve been posting for the past couple days. I’ve been trying to get up and read my Bible and share what I feel the Lord is showing me. So today I want to share with you what I felt He showed me this morning.

The book of Proverbs is filled with wisdom. I don’t know if you’ve done this, but the book has 31 chapters. One for each day of the month. So if you have a day that you don’t know where or what to read for your Jesus time, just pick the date day in Proverbs. :) Today, I read Proverbs 18. And I noticed a theme…a fool this…a fool that…

Whenever I’ve read Proverbs and noticed this theme about foolishness, I always thought that it was a warning to watch out for this bozo. But I always sort of skimmed over the fool verses because foolishness is seen as the opposite of righteousness…and since I am saved and righteous, those verses aren’t for me. Ick, that sounds so prideful, doesn’t it?

But the Bible is for all of us. Saved & redeemed and failing & fools. And lets be honest, I act more like the failing fool than the saved redeemed. So I read these verses and really tried to think about them. And as I did, the thought came to me that the behaviors of a fool seem to take their beginnings in childhood. Like I said on Instagram, don’t get me wrong. I understand the irrationality of a three year old is very much developmental, but I also know that God gave me the little ones I have to raise them and train them and equip them for life in this world.

So while I know that a lot of the crying and fit throwing is simply because her undeveloped mind isn’t understanding, I also know that behavior unchecked can grow into habits and sin. I know this from my own life. And children aren’t exempt.

So as I read, when I would come to a verse about foolish behavior, I would pray for my daughter. I prayed for how this verse could specifically apply to her (“A fools lips walk into a fight…” I prayed for her quick and disrespectful tongue. “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding…” I prayed for her to learn to be quick to listen.) And I wanted to share this with you mamas, friends of mamas, grandmas, etc., because I know a lot of you are going through this season.

The season where you till and water and prune and labor and the fruit just doesn’t seem to grow.

For you mamas who have screaming preschoolers and you want to join right in and tantrum on the floor because it just doesn’t seem fair. We give and give and love and tend to the needs of these little people and don’t receive anything but more need in return. And sometimes, you travel through a rough patch that is hard. Where everything is hard and hurts and feels lost and unrighteous and angry and so many more things. A season where the timeouts are many and the smiles are few.

And I am in that season. But one thing I have learned in this Jesus journey we’re on, is that in encouraging one another, you may just be encouraged yourself. So friend, I am sending you the biggest hug I could give. If we met for coffee, I would hug you till we both started to cry…or laugh…and I would take your precious face in my hands and say, “You’re doing good, mama. You’re doing good.”

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. -Galatians 6:9