When we are young we think that to become wise we must know a great deal about a lot of things, and so we spend a lot of time on our education, on reading,and on discussing views and sharing opinions. A good part of our lives is spent doing this. When we get old and reflect upon all this learning and knowledge we realize that wisdom is really very basic and simple and is often encumbered by much of our knowledge and learning. We become so caught up in acquiring worldly wisdom that we cannot see the forest for the trees.
Sometimes the simple wisdom of a child confounds our complex approaches to a problem. Nowhere is this truer than in the spiritual life where we come closer to wisdom the more childlike we become. As a mother or father cannot resist the cries or entreaties of their helpless, dependent child, so also God cannot resist our childlike dependence upon Him. The more worldly, knowledgeable, wise, and sophisticated we are the more independent we become, and this lack of dependence keeps God at a distance.
It is wise to realize that we can never really know God in this life, only love Him. He will reveal Himself to us as He wishes, not as we wish. All the spiritual, theological, and religious books we read may help us love God more but, despite what we may think, they do not help us comprehend Him anymore than He has already revealed Himself. The ultimate wisdom offered by books is that true wisdom is not acquired, it is bestowed. At best, books are conduits of grace and the spirit. They are not guarantors of wisdom. The factor of disposition plays such a huge role that it might even be said that wisdom is the act of disposing oneself to its gifting.
I think, at this point in my life, that real wisdom is mostly about listening attentively to Your many voices and being open to the changes that may bring. It is not so much something we possess as something by which we are possessed.