Sometimes you drive down the road and pass a bobcat. True story Six or so years ago, my son and I traveled down a busy road in Keller, Texas. Lounged in the middle of a four lane thoroughfare, as if he were Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra, was a bobcat. As I zipped past, I did a double take. Securely tucked in my large suburban, I drove past the bobcat feeling thankful I drove that day instead of walked I regularly pray for the prevention of all things that could be potentially dangerous to my heart, my husband’s heart, and my children’s hearts. I pray the Father would prevent sickness or calamity from coming near my tent and the tents of my family and friends. It is good to pray this way. “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (James 5:16, ESV). We should certainly pray we bypass danger! However, my prayers have been altered recently based on the reality of the globe we are spinning around on. Sometimes the broken (and maybe even scary) nature of the earth lands in the middle of your road, unexpectedly. Strange as it may seem, I didn’t think to pray protection from a bobcat in the road as my son and I drove to the farmer’s market. I cannot anticipate every “bobcat” that could potentially be in my road and pray a preventative prayer for every obstacle my children, my husband, or I could possibly encounter. I just can’t. Thinking through the specifics of all the incidents that could possibly upset my heart or disturb my reality is overwhelming - daunting even. However, as I walked with my youngest daughter the other day and prayed through several “specifics,” God stopped me mid-prayer. My prayers went back and forth over all the things I faced and the exhausting manner in which I try to expedite all potential scenarios. Then God made a simple statement. “Pray for wisdom to navigate what you cannot control, Cari. This world is broken; living in it will inevitably produce uncontrollable “bobcats” in the road. You can’t prevent every bobcat, but you can ask and receive the wisdom you will need to drive around them.” I am glad God reminds me on the regular what spiritual stakes He wants me to drive down deeper into the earth of me. I recalled the last chapter of my book, A Glorious Becoming, regarding wisdom. "As daughters anointed to see God do even more extravagant gestures of Victory in their lives, we have to submit all control in order to finish strong. We have to let the Author and Perfector of our faith and lives do His job over and over again. We have to submit to the proficient Hand of God to anoint our lives with a continual fount of fresh oil. King Solomon had gotten to this very place. He had governed up to that moment with an enlightened, self-serving kind of wisdom and done rather well. But now he had reached a new place. He needed a fresh anointing to finish strong.” “And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people? It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked for this, and God said to him, ‘Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. And if you walk in my ways, keeping my statues and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days (1 Kings 3:7-14, ESV, emphasis added). Specifics in prayer are a good thing, but having wisdom is the best thing. The truth is there are going to be unforeseen “bobcats” in the road. The “unexpected” is guaranteed to come up. I hope God has dug the deepest well of wisdom within my soul, so when I navigate bewildering experiences I can draw quickly and deeply from wisdom’s beautiful benefits. Wisdom expedites the specifics and grants you something that is referred to as “better than silver and gold” in Scripture. “Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor” (Proverbs 3:13-16, ESV). I seek wisdom from the Father alongside you today, dear friends of mine. I pray whatever your journey, God pours wisdom before you as a sure and ready shield of protection and grace. “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints” (Proverbs 2:6-8, ESV).