Job 28:28 (NIV)
And he said to the human race,
“The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,
and to shun evil is understanding.”
In early 1994, Ramona Callaway of Alberta, Canada, began suffering horrible seizures. At first she was convinced she had contracted Huntington's disease because her father and siblings had contracted it. But tests showed that her genes were normal.
Her husband Phil, the editor for the Christian Magazine "Servant", didn't know what to say when his young children asked if Mommy was going to die. Hundreds of friends and relatives prayed, but Ramona's weight eventually slipped to 90 pounds. Medical specialists tried everything, but by the fall of 1996, the seizures were occurring daily, sometimes hourly.
Phil rarely left Ramona's side. He wondered if she would even make it to her 30th birthday. One evening, when things looked utterly hopeless, Phil paced their dark backyard, and then fell to his knees. "God!" He cried out. "I can't take it anymore. Please do something!"
Suddenly a doctor's name came to mind. Phil called the doctor, who saw Ramona the next morning and diagnosed a rare chemical deficiency. Within a week, Ramona's seizures ended. Her eyes sparkled again. The miracle was so incredible, Phil says, "God gave me back my wife."
It is often in brokenness and in worship that the Lord grants us wisdom. As I read this story it brought back to mind a quote I read while at Moody Bible Institute by D.L. Moody "The Christian on his knees sees more than the philosopher on tiptoe."
Dear Lord, we praise You that when we are humble before You, You will grant us Your wisdom. Help us today to humbly come before You with the cares and concerns of our heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.