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Monday, November 14, 2011

The waiting place

The people honoured for their faith in Hebrews 11 died without receiving all they knew was promised to them by God. This expectancy didn't stop them from walking in faith; it drove them forward. They were waiting to see the earth covered with the knowledge of the glory of God. Part of God's plan was also that we would be born, that we would live by faith and that we would, through our lives, spread a tangible awareness of God's glory throughout the earth. Hebrews 12 encourages us, because so many have gone before us and are witnesses to our lives, to lay aside every encumbrance and run with endurance the race set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.

I never want to get side-tracked or slowed down because I'm waiting for something. I only want that waiting to stir up expectancy and to drive me forward...

Dr. Seuss' Oh the Places You'll Go describes The Waiting Place. I like the end where it says, "NO! That's not for you!" Also, gotta love thinking of places in our own lives that we can parallel to "bright places where Boom Bands are playing." Enjoy:

"You can get so confused
that you'll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place...

...for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

NO!
That's not for you!

Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You'll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing."

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