Lately I’ve been reading a dog-eared Agatha Christie novel, The Body in the Library, that I picked up at a second hand bookshop. Jane Marple, who is the star of this novel, is arguably Agatha Christie’s most unlikely super sleuth.
Miss Marple is this frumpy, elderly lady, who sits around knitting. Yet, she has this ability to always figure things out. She knows “who dun nit” before anyone else can figure it out. She understands people. She understands human nature. She sees things as they are.
There is a great moment in The Body in the Library, where a retired Scotland Yard detective, Sir Henry Clithering, is talking to one of his friends (Conway Jefferson) about a murder, and he says, “I know it is hard to believe but that little old lady sitting down stairs in the foyer is one of the most formidable criminologists in all of England.”
The Inspector’s friend finds this hard to believe.
Then Henry Clithering goes on to say, “there she sits, an elderly spinster, sweet, placid or so you think. Yet her mind has plumbed the depths of human iniquity and taken it all in a days work… She lives in St. Mary Mead only a couple of miles from Arthur and Dolly’s place. It’s extraordinary, she knows the world only through the prism of that village and its daily life. By knowing the village so thoroughly, she seems to know the world.”
What is the secret of Miss Marple’s success? She has a framework from which to understand the world. She sees the world through the prism of St Mary Mead, and as a result she understands that which so many others find confusing.
What is your perspective or framework through which you understand yourself and our world?
Have you considered that there is a God who made you, has plans and a purpose for you? Have you considered that there is a God who is over and above all things? Have you picked up a Bible lately and allowed God’s word to offer a framework for you?