The way of a man with a maid

“Three things that are too wonderful for me; four I do not understand. The way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a serpent on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a virgin” (Proverbs 30:18,19, ESV).

Look at this proverb for a moment and reflect. What do these three — “an eagle in the sky,” “a serpent on the rock,” and “a ship on the high seas” have in common?

They’re trackless.

As an eagle wheels in the sky, above the trees, he leaves no trail. A snake might leave tracks on the soft sand, but not on a rock. A ship might slice through the water, but that same water closes in behind it, and the wake subsides.

Solomon is speaking of things that cannot be analyzed or explained. The “way of a man with a virgin” is like that. Romance defies chemical analysis and congressional studies.

When a lovely daughter introduces her tattooed, nose-ringed boyfriend to her family, it defies explanation.

When the prince falls in love with the peasant girl, who could have predicted it? When the pretty cheerleader chooses the bespeckled computer genius, did she see something everyone else missed? Perhaps!

Romance is wonderful, unpredictable, and beyond deciphering. It was beyond Solomon’s reasoning, too, and he was pretty wise.

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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