By way of introduction….

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“…for what we see has not its due influence upon us unless we consider it.”(1)

Matthew Henry, 17th century theologian, sure had that right!  And I wonder how much more this is true as our society continues to speed up—we used to reference the fast pace of our culture by things like drive-thru restaurants instead of sit-down meals, microwaves in place of grandma’s oven.

 Or  maybe even push-button speed dial rather than the old fashiotelephone-167068_1280ned rotary     phone.  What’s a rotary phone, one may ask? Similarly, I remember hearing a song over the radio and  mentioning to my daughter that I used to have it on a “45”, to which she replied, “What’s a  45?” 

                                                 Sigh…

FAST food or FAT food??  Just sayin'...
FAST food or FAT food?? Just sayin’…

Naturally, the frenzy is now even more widespread. We have instant-info with Twitter and Insta-gram, we have instant friends by “liking” someone on Facebook, and we have instant music downloaded

Know this guy??
Know this guy??

onto an MP3, and all of this anywhere and at any time. Not saying that all these things are particularly bad, (although many are exceptionally unhealthy or are used to ill purpose); they are, however,  unquestionably pervasive.  No waiting to get home from school to call a friend, no waiting on the record player arm to slowly swing over and land on the vinyl, no waiting…period. 


Let’s face it, waiting is a B-O-R-E-D-O-M Monster!

Personally, I think there is an art to waiting.  I’m not intrinsically very good at it, I confess, but like with any skill, practice makes, well, frankenstein-394281_1280improvement if not perfect, in my case at least.  I came into the world with a low boredom threshold.  What’s the next project I can sink my teeth into, what’s the next new thing, what mundane activity can I turn into an adventure.  It’s not that I don’t like quiet—I crave it actually, but it’s the waiting part that’s got me challenged.  That old boredom thing starts rolling its eyes at me and gets impatient, whining at me to go DO something.

Always doing—without watching and paying attention to the moment—robs us of much of what God intends to communicate to us in this life and to prepare us for the next.  Obviously, there are many activities that require our full attention. (Surgeon with scalpel in hand comes quickly to mind…) I wonder, however, that the more proficient we become at waiting in the silence, the more adept we may find ourselves at really “hearing and seeing” in the flow of daily chaos.

I am training my boredom beast to heel, similar to the beloved family dogs you will meet (among others) should you choose to continue reading.  My boredom gives way to productive listening, thus allowing God’s massively creative communication to “have its due influence on me”.

I hope you can share this experience also.  Thanks for reading!    —dawnlizjones

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(1) Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible [ Psalms, pg. 267]

 

28 thoughts on “By way of introduction….”

  1. My mother brought over some old “floppies” with pictures wondering how to use them . Fortunately my husband has an old tower he built, but ill have to ask if the drive still works. Another one of those things that bit the dust young people don’t know about. . . .

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    1. Are you close enough to my vintage to remember 8 tracks?? Yeah, how things change! Makes me thankful for things that are stable, you know, like apple trees and butterflies…

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      1. Oh yes! I’m old enough to remember the super sized Snickers bar being 5 cents, and using a calculator in school was considered cheating. I remember we folded up little notes of paper to send notes back and fourth in school instead of texting, and no one worried about being shot in class!

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  2. I had a look at your blog. Looks like your theme serves your visual style. Does your image widgets accommodate some captions? I like the snappy names you gave your pages, with images. I had a little trouble after ‘By Way of Introduction’ and ‘Ye Olde Blog’ of what the other pages were all about, and one that didn’t have anything.

    I know you are playing around with this theme. What I would recommend is look at other blogs with this theme to get ideas. I had do do something similar for my web development class. It’s called a ‘comparative analysis’. Basically it’s look at other blogs, see what you like or don’t like and apply.

    Hope things helps. Have fun. Remember this is fun.

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  3. Liz, I wanted to come by and say thank you for following me over in “The Attic.” Now that I know your following my blog, I’ll try not worry about who’s following me and look over my shoulder less. And now that I’m here, I think I’ll look around. :o)

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  4. What a lovely post! This snippet really resonated with me: “Always doing—without watching and paying attention to the moment—robs us of much of what God intends to communicate to us in this life and to prepare us for the next.” We always need to carve out time to just listen for his quiet, still voice. I’m always amazed when I stop to spend time with him.

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