Wisdom provides us many benefits. One of the positives that come from living a wise life is the ability to rest soundly. We can sleep soundly when we know we have been wise and found a safe place to rest.
Proverbs 3:24-25: “When you lie down you will not be afraid; when you lie down your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked.”
Sweet Dreams and Sleep Soundly
Sweet dreams may be one of those areas of wisdom that cause you to pause. Life throws struggles at everyone. Wisdom does not protect you from tragedies and other people. However, when you stop to think about it, we all associate wisdom with peace. Reflect on the guru on the mountain top or even characters like Yoda and Mr. Miyagi (from “The Karate Kid”). These characters may even face struggles and challenges. Nevertheless, we associate peace and calm with these wise archetypes.
Wisdom allows us to solve the problems we can control and let go of those we can not. Thus, worry and the things that lead to bad dreams fade away from our life. This is one of those proverbs that we know; it just does not always register.
Choosing Our Battles
Life can drown us if we let it. There is something around every corner that may harm or kill us. We could hide under our covers, but that would not stop a meteor from crashing into our house. Given all of this potential trouble, how can we possibly find peace and rest? Wisdom is the key. Many of these potential fears are highly unlikely and completely out of our control. Thus, a wise individual can ignore them. When you are wise enough to realize that you cannot contribute in certain situations, you can make peace with them.
We have also seen how wisdom leads us to avoid dangerous situations. We would sleep better in the safety of our home than the middle of a busy highway. In a similar way the wise sleep better because they avoid dangerous situations throughout the day. The wise do not invite misfortune and retribution from others. Instead, they are rewarded by the peace they try to spread.
Teaching Children this Wisdom
This is another hard Proverb to teach anyone, child or adult. Although this is early in the list of wise sayings, it may be one of the most advanced concepts. We have things we cannot control, but we often look for ways to offset that fact. We may burden ourselves with unneeded protection or give away freedom for a false sense of security.
I think a little silliness may work for this one. Children are taught at an early age to look both ways before they cross the street. The goal is to look for oncoming traffic. Have you kids look both ways every time they cross the kitchen to the refrigerator or a similar safe path. Maybe look both ways before they stand up or sit down. Do this for a short period and then say that the kids should be looking for oncoming traffic. It is pure silliness but can be the start of a discussion about being overly concerned.
There are times and places for our fears. Wisdom allows us to leave them in those locations and not be burdened on other occasions.