“With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding. With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.” Job 12
Oftentimes we are like the young merchant from Boston, who in 1849, as the story goes, was caught up in the fervor of the California gold rush. He sold all of his possessions to seek his fortune in the California rivers, which he was told were filled with gold nuggets so big that one could hardly carry them.
Day after endless day, the young man dipped his pan into the river and came up empty. His only reward was a growing pile of rocks. Discouraged and broke, he was ready to quit until one day an old, experienced prospector said to him, “That’s quite a pile of rocks you are getting there, my boy.”
The young man replied, “There’s no gold here. I’m going back home.”
Walking over to the pile of rocks, the old prospector said, “Oh, there is gold all right. You just have to know where to find it.” He picked two rocks up in his hands and crashed them together. One of the rocks split open, revealing several flecks of gold sparkling in the sunlight.
Noticing a bulging leather pouch fastened to the prospector’s waist, the young man said, “I’m looking for nuggets like the ones in your pouch, not just tiny flecks.”
The old prospector extended his pouch toward the young man, who looked inside, expecting to see several large nuggets. He was stunned to see that the pouch was filled with thousands of flecks of gold.
The old prospector said, “Son, it seems to me you are so busy looking for large nuggets that you’re missing filling your pouch with these precious flecks of gold. The patient accumulation of these little flecks has brought me great wealth.” (Finding Joy through Loving Service, April 2011, M. Russell Ballard)
As a young person, I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea that I didn’t know everything… I mean, I knew lots of stuff, but ‘wisdom’ still seemed pretty abstract. I don’t think we ‘get’ it until we are older and wiser ourselves.
What are your thoughts on aging, and getting older? I’ll be posting about this in further detail tomorrow… Monday is a special day for me, as I am guest posting over at a wonderful place…but you’ll have to check back in tomorrow to find out where!
See you then!