Small Town Christmas

Small Town Christmas

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Wait

Wait.

Even saying the word has a certain "weight" to it, doesn't it? It forces us to take a deep breath and try to slow the tick, tick, ticking of an anxious heart. It asks us to still the thoughts that tumble helter-skelter as we skitter along to the next task, the next big thing on the all-important to-do list.

I wait for the right words to come.
I wait for the list to be done. (I'm still waiting!)
I wait for this event.
I wait for that event.

As I was driving home from a doctor's appointment in Hutchinson last evening, I watched the sun's fireball slip underneath the mantle of the earth.

My mind immediately kicked into high gear. I kept looking for a good place to pull over so I could take a photo. But there were obstacles.

In town, the view was blocked by power lines and buildings.

At the cemetery at Rayl's Hill, trees were blocking the sightline I craved.

I thought about turning down an unfamiliar country road to look for a barn or a silo or a single bare tree - something with which to silhouette a brilliant night sky.

But I waited - not so patiently - but I waited. I kept my eyes open and scanning along the horizon, watching and waiting.

I knew there was a windmill along 4th Street Road, but would I get there before the inky darkness covered all traces of light?

Yes. But while the photo shows a glimpse of the slide show I watched as I raced westward, it doesn't tell the whole story. It doesn't show the incremental changes in the western sky. It doesn't show the pink fingers of light that insistently reached into the eastern sky, the vista that didn't feature the main attraction but was still enriched with its remnants.

This is the season of waiting. It is the season of expectation.

But last night's sunset was a reminder to savor the journey. Would I have truly seen the sun's reflection in the field's shallow puddles if we hadn't experienced a summer of drought? Would it have made the same impression if it didn't come after several cloudy days when day turned into night with little fanfare?

I wait for the birth of a new baby in our family. But in my excitement, let me not overlook the birth of another baby, a Baby who changed the world.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given;
And the government shall be upon His shoulder;

And His name shall be called

Wonderful

Counselor

The Mighty God

The Everlasting Father

The Prince of Peace

Isaiah 9: 5-7

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Yes, it's Thursday. But I linked to Tuesdays Unwrapped at Chatting at the Sky. I guess I had to WAIT until Thursday this week.

I'm also linked to Fresh from the Farm.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for joining in my photo linky party. Beautiful picture and wonderful words too.

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  2. Beautiful. Patience is so often rewarded with beauty.

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