Just two choices.

God is speaking to me, so I write. I was inspired by Proverbs 9 today. Life is good and God is gracious for giving us freewill. My prayer is that we all continue to choose Wisdom over Folly.

You’re in a valley, walking down a long, straight road. The road is blurred at the farthest reaches where your eyes fail your mind in comprehension. All you know is the one thing you have on your mind: your destination.

When, drawn from your determination, you hear voices coming from high above you. You pause. And look to one side, then the other.

Two women stand on either side of you, high on the hills. From what you can tell, they both share a similar goal. They want you to come inside their houses.

You listen in, one at a time so that you can clearly hear their requests.

One balks loudly and says, “Come, all you who are simple! Come and eat stolen wine and secret bread! It is delicious!” Your heartbeat quickens and you feel heat rush into your cheeks. Oddly, you’re drawn to this woman. You ponder the quickest way to reach her as you lick your lips in anticipation. You walk up towards as you twist your wet palms together, her beauty enchanting your deepest lusts. You want to know her, embrace her, and feed the longing in your soul. You hand reaches for her, but just as your finger touches hers, your foot catches something on the rocky ground. You slip and feel flesh tear across your knee and palm. You scream in agony and gaze up at the woman above you. She only smirks and waves a hand in disgust. You collapse in anguish.

You lie there for moments, maybe eternity, mourning your loss and the pain that fills your body to the brim. When suddenly, you realize there is a woman’s voice directed at you. But this one is different.

You focus your mind on the still small sound coming from the lips of the second woman, as the first sings loudly of the spoils inside her house. This second woman is alluring as well, but something about her is also comforting. You begin to crawl across the road to the other hill. When you reach the base of this hill, you notice that as the second woman speaks, that she stands with a quiet confidence. The words roll off her lips like water on a sandy shore, methodically and innocently. She says, “Come, all who are simple. Come and eat my homemade bread and newly mixed wine!” her smile radiates and lights up the side of the dusty road as you stand to your feet. You feel heat rise to your cheeks once again, but you notice that it is not lust or even anticipation you feel, but shame. You begin to wane and rock from side to side in misery because of the burden she seems to have slipped onto you. You begin to cry and your already weak knees buckle below you because of your sins. You feel that as you fall, that death has taken you. Folly continues to entice and mock you, while Wisdom walks steadily towards you.

Before you realize it, Wisdom puts a hand on your chin. She helps you rise. You stare at your feet, feeling pity and disdain for your own foolish choices. Wisdom only smiles as she looks deeper into your heart. Words flow once more as she opens her mouth, “You will live if you leave your simple ways and walk in understanding,” she says. Tears pierce the sides of your eyes again, but this time they are no longer tears of pity, nor tears of shame, but they are tears of the unspeakable kind, tears that overflow out of a heart that is new, like the tears of a newborn child, refreshed and relieved to be born. Wisdom takes your hand as Folly thrashes in despair and you are placed before a familiar sight.

You’re in a valley, walking down a long, straight road. The road is blurred at the farthest reaches where your eyes fail your mind in comprehension. All you know is the one thing you have on your mind: your destination.

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