"God alone knows the way to Wisdom, he knows the exact place to find it." Job 28:23 (MSG)
My first crush was in kindergarten. I remember it vividly to this day. As a five-year-old stud I was completely enamored by a girl in my class. I wanted her to be my girlfriend and I pursued her for about four years. She was not exactly captivated by my attention or affections. This was frustrating and agonizing at the time, but was really for the best in the grand scheme of things. How amazing that my God given masculinity revealed itself, even as an unwitting boy who just learned to tie his shoes. The man-child enchanted by the woman-child, driven to pursue.
I find it interesting that God's message, from beginning to end, continually speaks of Wisdom as a treasure to be sought after. Beyond that, Wisdom is treated as a proper noun (capitalized),and personified as a woman.
Consider these words from King Solomon's proverbs:
Lady Wisdom goes out in the street and shouts.
At the town center she makes her speech.
In the middle of the traffic she takes her stand.
At the busiest corner she calls out:
"Simpletons! How long will you wallow in ignorance?
Cynics! How long will you feed your cynicism?
Idiots! How long will you refuse to learn?
About face! I can revise your life. Proverbs 2:20-22 (MSG)
What an amazing word picture, rooted in the depths and mystery of creation. Man, wild at heart, is enamored by the woman. Man becomes the pursuer, driven to seek out the object of his affection, to woo her, to captivate her.
It is with that same natural drive and desire we are challenged to pursue Wisdom in all of her mystery. In fact, it could be argued that life's road is one great quest for Wisdom, who is aptly described as a woman. Just when you think you've got a handle on her, she enigmatically slips away and leaves you scratching your head.