A day after Liz Curtis Higgs’ latest book, It’s Good to Be Queen: Becoming as Bold, Gracious, and Wise as the Queen of Sheba landed in my mailbox, I headed to Charlotte, North Carolina for a retreat with Liz and other fellow (in)courage contributors. From the second she greeted me with a hug, I knew why Liz can write so profoundly and encourage so lavishly … it’s because she’s blessed with the gift of seeing people.
Liz doesn’t just look at you, she looks for clues about what makes you tick and what you hold most dear. I think it’s the knack for Holy Spirit-guided connection that helps enable her to vividly retell the stories of history’s most engrossing women through a spiritual lens that magnifies God’s role in events and allows the readers to glimpse the character traits that can be found in us all.
There are many jewels to be gleaned from It’s Good to Be Queen … the value of openness, boldness, honesty, generosity, and graciousness are just a few of my favorites. In her guest post below, Liz highlight the importance of seeking wise counsel.
Hanging Out With Royalty by Liz Curtis Higgs
When the queen of Sheba heard about the wisdom of King Solomon, she traveled across the Arabian Desert to ask him some tough questions. Turned out, “nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her” (1 Kings 10:3).
Imagine having all your questions answered by one person! Like Google with skin on. But Google can serve up only the collective knowledge of humankind. King Solomon shared wisdom from on high. “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6).
God, the source of all wisdom, cares about everything that matters to us. That thing you think is too small, too insignificant for God’s attention? He not only cares about it, He also knows what to do about it.
Friends may offer sympathy, a tissue, a listening ear, but God brings us what we really need. “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” (James 1:5).
Wisdom—even more valuable than knowledge—is ours for the asking? You bet.
A dozen years ago, Donald Rumsfeld, then U.S. Secretary of Defense, made this classic statement about knowledge: “There are known knowns. There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we do not know we don’t know.”
Seriously? Unknown unknowns? People are still laughing about that one.
Except there really are things we don’t know we don’t know. And all those things? Those are the things God knows.
When we throw up our hands and say, “I don’t get it, Lord,” He says, “Exactly!”
”As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9).
I am so grateful that God gets what we don’t get, knows what we don’t know, and loves us where we are. His knowledge and insight stretch far beyond the stars, yet He graciously extends them to us.
When the queen of Sheba headed for Jerusalem with her caravan of camels, little did she know that the One who waited for her was ready to answer her every question. He waits for us as well, beloved. Just ask.
“Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.” (Psalm 119:89)
Blogger’s note: I received a free copy of It’s Good to Be Queen as a no-strings-attached gift from the book’s author, Liz Curtis Higgs. I am under no obligation to review or write about the book, but have shared the guest post and my own personal observations about Liz because I have been truly touched by her writing and sincere desire to encourage and equip women to use their talents for God’s glory.