Mamitu grew up in a remote Ethiopian village where girls seldom received any education. As a young wife, she suffered a fistula during her first pregnancy which resulted in uncontrollable leakage of urine and feces – a condition which resulted in ostracism from her local village. Suffering tremendous shame and misery, she made her way to the Addis Ababa Fistula hospital for surgery.
As she healed from surgery, she began helping out at the hospital by making beds. Recognizing her competence, one of the doctors began to allow her to help him in surgery. As she handed him the various instruments, she observed his actions closely. Within a few years, she was actually helping with surgical procedures like suturing. She continued to learn more until she was able to do fistula repairs by herself. Eventually, this woman who had never attended a day of school became an accomplished surgeon and was actually training doctors who went to this renowned hospital to learn about fistula repairs.*
When we consider the wisdom and knowledge of God, we are much like Mamitu. We come to Him, broken and bruised, in a time of life crisis because we heard that he can save and heal us. But we really don’t know him – who he is or what he really does. Yet as we spend time with him, we begin to glean from his vast storehouse of wisdom and knowledge. He patiently works with us each day providing opportunities and experiences to help us grow and change into the people he created us to be, no matter what our level of education or life circumstances.
Spending time with God and in his word are the keys to gaining wisdom.
Thank you Lord for allowing me to spend time with you , learning and growing in wisdom. Now help me share what I’ve learned with others! Amen.
*Fistulas occur when the blood supply to soft tissues in the vagina, bladder and/or rectum is cut off for lengthy periods of time during childbirth. A hole may develop in the tissues, allowing the leakage of body fluids and waste, which must be surgically repaired. This type of injury is seldom heard about in areas where adequate prenatal and birthing care is provided for maternity patients.