CLASS OF 1964
“Knowledge Comes but Wisdom Lingers”
by Alfred Lord Tennyson
“Knowledge Comes but Wisdom Lingers” was the class motto for our high school graduating class. Since my husband and I recently attended a milestone class reunion, I have been reflecting upon these words. Fifty years ago, Gary and I spent time with these classmates gaining book knowledge five days a week. Now in May 2014, we spent time with these same people sharing wisdom gained through life. Tests were used for grades when we were acquiring knowledge in high school but now testings have given us opportunities for growth while attaining wisdom in life.
For each of us, our circle of family and friends had expanded over the years but we still had room for our friendships of OHS. Some things change while other things never change. We had all put aside the textbooks we used to gain knowledge but I saw evidence of wisdom, including Biblical wisdom, fulfilled in our lives.
And we know that in all things
God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose.
During our reunion, we talked of the joys of our journeys as well as some of the rough roads along the paths of life. While the feelings of worth and warmth within the hearts of each classmate dominated, we also shared some of the aches and breaks of our hearts. However, it was evident that God was using each experience of each of us for His good. Each classmate was able to share his or her triumphs and/or hardships and not be rejected by former friends. Fifty years ago competition and popularity were important while now our priority was compassion and concern.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.”
This scripture was proven true as we as classmates of OHS 1964 told of our careers, families and travels. God’s plans and purposes have been and still are being attained. Even as we enter the retirement phase of our lives, there is a desire for each of us to find a common denominator between our intentions and God’s goals. Every person has his or her unique talents and interests to use in a way honoring to God. After fifty years, we still have a future filled with hope. Our conversations looked forward as well as backward.
Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?
To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.
Yes, after 50 years, my classmates and I have to admit that we are nearing the group of people known as the aged. We may have some wisdom that is lingering in our minds along with the knowledge we gained in our years as students, but true wisdom for all of us comes only from God. As students, we attended public school together gaining knowledge. Some were together in the same classes from kindergarten through high school. After graduation, we scattered as everyone went his or her own direction. Unique experiences have allowed each of us to grow and gain personal wisdom.
Although there were only 38 in our graduating class, 25 of us traveled the roads of many miles of many states to be reunited for two evenings. We shared our memories of 50 years ago but we also created new memories in less than 50 hours. We did not talk about our book knowledge but we did verbalize some words of wisdom. I guess our class motto still has some truth. Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers, especially when that wisdom comes from the Lord!
For all my Readers: Even though you may not have been a member of this particular high school class, take time to apply the motto of “Knowledge Comes but Wisdom Lingers” to your own life. Most likely these words of Alfred Lord Tennyson will relay some wisdom from the Lord for you personally.