The other day I was talking to a friend about a changing job situation. Though she felt that her current job was a door that God had opened for her, she felt that it was time to move on. However, she felt like in doing so, she would be telling God that her job wasn’t good enough anymore. I began to think about all the times that I had prayed for God to show me a direct path in life. So often, we want and expect an easy path to follow, one that is simple and has no bumps or hills of any kind and requires little effort. While, at times, these paths are nice and I do believe that there are needed seasons of rest in life, we do not grow from easy and we do not learn from simple. If I were to decide today that I was going to climb Mount Everest and then go out tomorrow fully expecting to be able to climb to the very top in one day with no help, guidance, or experience, I would fail miserably. However, if I were to go out tomorrow and start on a simple path, building my way up every day to more difficult challenges, seeking help and guidance along the way, one day I would be fully capable of climbing Mount Everest. In Proverbs three, Solomon talks about wisdom and understanding. He says “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.” (Proverbs 3:13). This suggests that wisdom and understanding are not something that you can just go out and get, but rather a process that takes effort and time. James 1:4-5 says “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.(4) If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (5). Just like it would take work and perseverance for me to be able to climb Mount Everest, it could be that God places us in situations so that we can gain the wisdom, understanding, and perseverance that is needed for the more difficult parts of our path in life. It is important not to feel frustrated or stuck when we feel like the doors of life are not opening, but to look around at our situations and try to see what lessons God is trying to teach us and to never be afraid to continue down the path of wisdom and understanding as long as we are making a conscious decision to trust in the Lord.