Living Bible (TLB)
4 1-2 Young men, listen to me as you would to your father. Listen, and grow wise, for I speak the truth—don’t turn away. 3 For I, too, was once a son, tenderly loved by my mother as an only child, and the companion of my father. 4 He told me never to forget his words. “If you follow them,” he said, “you will have a long and happy life. 5 Learn to be wise,” he said, “and develop good judgment and common sense! I cannot overemphasize this point.”[a] 6 Cling to wisdom—she will protect you. Love her—she will guard you.
7 Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And with your wisdom, develop common sense and good judgment. 8-9 If you exalt wisdom, she will exalt you. Hold her fast, and she will lead you to great honor; she will place a beautiful crown upon your head.
Sometimes you just have to trust that a father knows what he's doing. My husband and I were driving down the road to rescue the young man who lives in our house but doesn't want to be blogged about because his car broke down on his way to work. As we drove I got a call from that young man asking if he could take the ride offered to him from a good samaritan who had stopped. While my first thought was, "What if they're ax murderers??!!" my husband was calmly approving. So I turned to my husband in alarm and spoke that first thought. He then said, in deference to me, that he could accept the ride if they didn't look like ax murderers. They didn't and he accepted. As I breathed a prayer the next call was an offer to stay and help Dad push the car off the road. Dad knows and God knows too.
It's been a while since I wrote. Your children still love and miss you. Tonight I'm reminded how you rescued me after I burned up a car engine going over a mountain without a word of complaint or even a scolding. You were there for me when I needed you. Thank you. You also seemed to understand how to react to degrees of foolishness. When your oldest son and a nephew drove your parts car in reverse, because it only moved in reverse, up the power line and got it stuck there, you didn't rescue them or the car. It's probably still there in the brush, a family ebenezer, because it had brought them safe that far but no further.