Lately I’ve been doing a lot of waiting. Especially as it relates to job hunting. Waiting for the phone to ring. Waiting for call backs. Waiting for interviews. Waiting to schedule the next interview. Waiting on top of waiting as dates get pushed back and decisions delayed or deferred at the behest of others. I’ve been able to remain positive through most of this journey, but I had a brief blip a couple of days ago. And it made me think about the oracle of my youth. Dr. Seuss.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.
You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. And your gang will fly on. You’ll be left in a lurch.
You’ll come down from the lurch with an unpleasnt bump. And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a slump.
And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.
You’ll come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked. A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win?
And IF you go in, should you turn left or right. . . or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite? Or go around back an sneak in from behind? Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find, for a mind – maker-upper to make up his mind.
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 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 were Boom Bands are playing.
With banner flip-flapping, once more you’ll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you’re that kind of guy!
So what do we do when we find ourselves in the waiting place? How do we “escape all that waiting and staying.” and “find the bright places were Boom Bands are playing.”?
There are two ways that I have I have been able to keep perspective, or “unslump” myself through these past few months. First, I look back through my life and see God’s faithful care and goodness for me and for my family. He has always provided for our needs and he has blessed us far beyond what we deserve. Second, I know that God will continue to provide for us and I know that he has a purpose and future for me. There is a “teleology” to my life. I’m going somewhere. I’m not sure where that where is, but I know that there is a plan and purpose for my life. One that is put in place by God and directed by him. Therefore I can rest in assurance that just as God has provided in the past, he will continue to provide in the future. How do I know? Because it is a common theme throughout God’s revelation of himself to us.
Here is a favorite of mine:
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
God addresses the prophet Jeremiah stating:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
And God addresses the exiles through Jeremiah stating:
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. Jeremiah 29:11
Finally, let me close out these selected illustrations with this one (underlines are mine):
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes . . . . do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Luke 12: 22-31
What is your “waiting place”? What is your “slump”? How do you find the “bright places were Boom Bands are playing”?
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Mt. 7:7