“Hey, what are you doing?”
Grabbing her mug from the table, Summer took a sip of her hot tea before she answered Winter’s question.
“I guess you could call it reflecting,” she responded.
It was late Friday night and the electricity was back. Both she and Winter had been working for a little bit starting from when they had finished having dinner together earlier in the night. Summer was working on one of her proofreading jobs, while Winter worked on one of the short stories that she wanted to submit to one of the magazines she worked with.
Her sister had managed to find success at a really young age and Summer was both proud of her, and sad that she would never know what it means to be a normal teenager. She had never gotten the chance to have a normal childhood.
Something that Camellia had experienced a little bit of, but didn’t appreciate. A case of the grass always looking greener on the other side?
“What are you reflecting on? Anything you want to share?” Winter asked.
She was only 15, but so grown up already.
“Proverbs. I was reflecting on Proverbs. I started doing it the other day, I take the time just before bed to read over my proverbs again and see if I heard right. I guess I want to track how to hear the correct verse you know,” Summer responded.
“Can you explain that further?”
“Like if I noticed the verses I needed and if I followed the wisdom I received.”
“Oh, I have never thought to do that at the end of the day. It kind of goes beyond just using our memory to know when there is a verse that applies to events that are happening. Cool, I never thought to do that,” Winter said grabbing her own Bible.
Summer nodded and smiled at her sister before she went back to her own Bible, she wanted to go over the chapter one last time. She kind of knew she was overdoing it but that was just how she operated. Whenever she decided to do something, she usually went all in, she wanted to make sure she got everything right.
“Oh, wow!” Winter said
“Oh, thank you so much for the tip, I am seeing way more than I thought now that I have gone over it. The Holy Spirit sure does love to bring to remembrance what we have been taught,” Winter responded.
“What did you see? I know in the morning you chose 15 right? The way of fools seems right to them but the wise listen to advice?”
“Yeah, so that happened through something Selena’s brother said. Usually, when he speaks, we ignore him. This time though, I felt like I needed to hear what he had to say.”
“Yeah,” Winter agreed. “I still can’t believe I even listened to him, but thank God I did because he directed me in the right direction.”
“Wow, the power of the word, and to think that the one guy who tortured you most of your life is the one being sent to set you straight…” Summer shook her head in wonder.
She knew Selena’s older brother, he was a menace. God could use the foolish things of the world to confound the wise for sure.
“So that happened, but I am just noticing now that something else happened. It’s the very next one, fools show their annoyance at once and the prudent overlook an insult. I have been doing this the whole day without even realizing it. Camellia has been trying my patience the whole day, but I did good.”
Summer nodded and thought about what Winter had just said. I was true that Camellia’s behavior was getting worse and Summer didn’t know what to do it.
“What happened for you today?” Winter asked.
“Hmm, for me, as you know I picked the one before yours, out of the fruit of their lips, people are filled with good things. It is definitely an area I keep needing to work on. Even today, I had to be more deliberate to speak good into my life. But as for the things that happened without me realizing…there is two of them.
“Firstly about the words of the reckless being sharp like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. I said something in anger today and I hurt someone, but later they came back and I was more careful with my words. They left there crying talking about how I had helped them with my words,” Summer said thinking about her morning.
“And then later during the evening, I saw my sister looking really sad, but I told her much I really loved the food she had made and I didn’t mind eating it every day until it was finished. When I said that, she smiled and we had fun for the rest of the night,” Summer added.
Winter nodded, eyes wide in surprise, letting Summer know that she hadn’t thought about it.
“Oh my gosh, you are right, I am not feeling so sad anymore!!!”
Summer smiled at Winter, really glad that she could be of help, but also really sad that her help was needed in the first place.