By: Gift Tatenda Tarupiwa
For all who have been following my expositions on this expanding topic, am quite certain that you would agree with me that the breadth of mind plays a pivotal role in mankind’s effectiveness in this life.
After continual case study prior to the aspects that branch from this facet, I bumped into a realisation that wisdom is a one of the fruits of an extravagant breadth of mind, thus in other words expressing the correspondence between wisdom and the greatness of the breadth of one’s mind.
Well to add some life to my point, i will again use a true story from the world’s best selling book.
1 Kings 3:16-28
16 Then two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him.
17 The one woman said, “Oh, my lord, this woman and I live in the same house, and I gave birth to a child while she was in the house.
18 Then on the third day after I gave birth, this woman also gave birth. And we were alone. There was no one else with us in the house; only we two were in the house.
19 And this woman’s son died in the night, because she lay on him.
20 And she arose at midnight and took my son from beside me, while your servant slept, and laid him at her breast, and laid her dead son at my breast.
21 When I rose in the morning to nurse my child, behold, he was dead. But when I looked at him closely in the morning, behold, he was not the child that I had borne.”
22 But the other woman said, “No, the living child is mine, and the dead child is yours.” The first said, “No, the dead child is yours, and the living child is mine.” Thus they spoke before the king.
23 Then the king said, “The one says, ‘This is my son that is alive, and your son is dead’; and the other says, ‘No; but your son is dead, and my son is the living one.'”
24 And the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So a sword was brought before the king.
25 And the king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other.”
26 Then the woman whose son was alive said to the king, because her heart yearned for her son, “Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and by no means put him to death.” But the other said, “He shall be neither mine nor yours; divide him.”
27 Then the king answered and said, “Give the living child to the first woman, and by no means put him to death; she is his mother.”
28 And all Israel heard of the judgment that the king had rendered, and they stood in awe of the king, because they perceived that the wisdom of God was in him to do justice.
This was the first test King Solomon came across shortly after GOD had given him exceptional wisdom, understanding and breadth of mind.
There came unto him two prostitutes who had a dispute over quite a controversial issue, arguing about the ownership of a baby that had remained alive after the other one was overlaid by her mother during the night and died.
It was a difficult situation to deal with since both of them claimed that the living child was theirs when the world hadn’t yet civilised for laboratory tests like the DNA test to be carried out.
Well this whole disagreement was pacified when King Solomon came up with a genius plan that left all the nation astonished beyond measure as they learnt how GOD had bestowed a higher level of intellect in him.
After deliberately pretending to have the babe cut into two halves, the true mother of the child was identified.
Now here is the most astounding part of this story, isn’t it so amazing how the King managed to foreknow how the act of attempting to divide the child between the two prostitutes was going to make it easy to find out who the baby’s owner was.
Well this may just seem to be a simple thing but after considering the period of time in which he contemplated and implemented his idea, it becomes very clear that this was a result of his greater breadth of mind that made him act wisely and precisely.
There are instances in the journey of life where nothing but wisdom is the only thing that will help one resolve a given puzzling situation at hand.
Well since King Solomon who happens to be the only character mentioned for extraordinary breadth of mind throughout the entire Holy Bible, this story becomes a very relevant example of how a great breadth of mind gives birth to particular wisdom.