It wasn’t until a few years ago when I finally understood what it meant, and how important it was, to pray for wisdom.
In The Voice translation, Proverbs 3:18 describes wisdom this way:
She is like a tree that produces a satisfied life for anyone who can wrap their arms around her; happiness waits for any who hold her tightly.
This may just be my favorite visual in the Bible.
I imagine wisdom as this strong and mighty Oak, whose trunk my arms barely fit her embrace. I wrap them tightly around her, pressing my cheek against her bark, and listen for the voice of wisdom. Atop, the canopy protects and shields me from all harm, always allowing thin streams of sunlight through. Never leaving me completely in the shade, the darkness. The branches extend in varying directions, guiding the different areas of my life with wisdom and instruction.
And the happiness waits for me who holds her tight.