“I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw.”
I’ve been thinking about this verse ever since reading it earlier this morning in Proverbs 24
Here’s the verse in context:
I went past the field of a sluggard,
past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
thorns had come up everywhere,
the ground was covered with weeds,
and the stone wall was in ruins.
I applied my heart to what I observed
and learned a lesson from what I saw:
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man. (Proverbs 24: 30-34)
The bigger lesson we are needing to remember from that entire story is sandwiched right there in the middle. “I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw.”
This morning I thought about how often in life we fail to do this. We fail to engage our hearts. We observe things. We might even make a quick ,unspoken judgement. We acknowledge the bad or good in what we just saw. But, sadly, that’s where we often choose to end the story. We fail to take the next crucial step: application or action.
I wonder how many times in my life I’ve stopped short? How many times have I walked by a lesson and the only thing I did was say, “that’s bad” or “that’s beautiful.” I’m beginning to understand how much growth we miss out on when we fail to apply what we observe along the path of our own journeys.
Have you ever thought about how each and ever interaction we have, how each and every sight we witness has the potential to teach us something. The world we live in and the streets we travel down are indeed a classroom every second of every day.
Here’s my challenge for us today: Next time we see something good or bad instead of simply observing and making a judgment, let’s fully engage our hearts.
“Lord, what am I supposed to learn from this?
Lord, I know my situation looks totally different but is there a lesson tucked away in this that you want me to apply?
Don’t let the story end prematurely. Don’t close the book without discovering what that lesson might be.
Flip the page.
You just might be amazed by what you learn.