Proverbs 2: 1-5–Is this the secret to being wise? Just “Ask, Look, and Listen?”
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
Here’s a little Insider Knowledge from Bon Voyage, Sophie Topfeather: When I read this verse as I was writing that novel, it helped me to realize that the intimidating Grandfather Owl, the “Great Wise Horned Owl of the Park,” after he grows in his own wisdom thanks to Sophie’s journey, should be known from then on as the “Great Wise-HEARTED Owl of the Park.”
Sophie was always irritated by her grandfather, the Great Wise Horned Owl of the Park, and how impossibly SMART he was. It wasn’t until she realized that true wisdom had more to do with the heart than brains, that she accepted who she was–and she could improve her relationship with her grandfather.