King Solomon’s Timing

First post… where to begin…  Let’s start here:

For Everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:  – Ecclesiastes 3:1

Walking across the dressed and cut stone floor, whose segments are staggeringly large, impressively expensive, and perfectly cut are two women.  One holding a baby and walking with purpose and speed, the other following closely and worriedly.  They approach the king in a room with impressive size, filled with the scent of the cedar beams that construct it and hold up its roof… 

There is one baby where there should be two.  The women try to explain but it devolves into an argument before the king himself. 

Holding up a hand to stop the noise, Solomon states clearly what the problem is.  His voice carries in the room that was designed to amplify it.  His vivid true-purple robe, gold, silver, and jewels silence anyone ready to argue…  this is a wealthy and powerful king. 

“Bring me a sword” he says, as this powerful scene from 1 Kings 3 plays out.  “Divide the living boy in two, and then give half to the one and half to the other.”  The look on his face as he receives the sword is not cruel, it is not evil, not disinterested, or malicious but…  it’s also not joking. 

The woman holding the child, shoulders back and satisfied, accepts the verdict.  The other falls to the floor and rescinds her request, let the other woman have the living child she pleads…  King Solomon looks to the grieving woman and simply says “She is the mother, give her the living child.” 

And two sobbing women and baby leave the presence of the king as he sits to receive the next petitioner. 

A prolific author, King Solomon.  His story appears in 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles, his writings in the books of Proverbs, Psalms (72, 127), and Ecclesiastes.  In the Apocrypha he is credited or associated with a book called the Wisdom of Solomon.  In the more modern era, his words in Ecclesiastes inspired that classic song by the Byrds in 1965.  I believe that band nailed it, perfectly captured the passage of scripture. 

Solomon is a king who was given an offer of unfathomable value from God, quite literally…  “Ask what I should give you.”  A sort of, “anything you want” is implied as this young king takes the throne.  He could have asked for anything but he asks for: 

  • An understanding mind to govern the people of God
  • And the ability to discern between good and evil

We often shorten that by just saying “wisdom”…  And God is pleased, and gives him wisdom in spades:  
“no one like has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you.”  When Solomon speaks…  he knows what he’s talking about.  For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. 

And so in that vein, and with probably far too much dramatic flair =)   I’ll say that “it is time.”  Life changes, but God doesn’t.  And so it is time to try something new (hence the website).  Time to say farewell to some things, and welcome others.  Time to honor the God who remains constant, though all else will change.  Time to find joy and peace in both the ups and downs of life.  Time to celebrate the ways God ignites our imaginations, inspires our study, and burns brightly in our hearts as we step out into the places we are called to walk. 

The Lord is with you, so much with you that God came to earth for you in one of the most amazing stories of good news!  I hope to celebrate that here at Drawing on the Edges, and to share the many ways that God inspires us.