Once, while we were on a trip to see Amy’s folks in Texas, we stopped at a store to stretch our legs and take a bathroom break. When we walked inside, we saw a large display of polished rocks.
I remember as a child, I used to buy such rocks at fall festivals and was excited to see Chloe and Cole took an interest in them, too. I bought them several rocks each
Several weeks later, we were riding in the van when Chloe expressed her displeasure at something. Cole had a “golden rock” that belonged to Chloe, and she wanted it back. He said she’d given it to him to keep, while she maintained she’d only given it to him for a little while.
The argument escalated. I took the rock. Chloe screamed and cried. Cole wasn’t fazed at all.
This, I knew, was a significant piece of evidence concerning the ownership of the golden rock. How did I know? Because I’d read about Solomon.
In 1 Kings 3, two women come to Solomon for judgment. They lived in the same house, and each had a child. During the night, one of the women’s children died. Then they fought over whose was the living child.
Solomon commanded the child be cut in two, and each woman would receive half. The result, obviously, meant the child’s death.
One woman asked Solomon to spare the child and give him to the other woman. The other woman, however, agreed the child should be killed. Thus, Solomon determined which woman the child truly belonged to.
The woman who didn’t care whether the child lived or died could not be the child’s mother, because a mother would want her child to live even if it meant living with someone else. Solomon knew she was the true mother and returned her son to her.
The fact that Chloe was upset when I took the rock and Cole didn’t seem bothered at all told me the rock belonged to Chloe. As it turned out, Cole admitted later it was hers.
Now, I’m not saying I’m as wise as Solomon. But if you want to say that, I won’t stop you. However, we can all benefit from a little extra wisdom, can’t we?
James 1:5 says if we ask for wisdom, God will give it to us.
I don’t know about you, but I’m going to ask for wisdom every chance I get!
The Rev. Parrish Myers is a local minister living in Braselton. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.