Please hold…

Uncle Paul calls you on the phone and tells you about his wife who was just taken ill. You get distracted, and tell him to ‘hang on a sec.’ He says: ‘take your time.’ You were 18 at the time.

70 years later, after a life of job hopping, military tours, ups, downs, family duties, hobbies, and the common affairs of life,  you find yourself in a hospital bed; hardly unable to move your right hand, you notice the phone (the one with the cord) is off the hook, and struggle to put it back, but first you put it to your ear and say ‘hello?’

Of course the voice on the other end is uncle Paul who says: ‘I’m here, I waited for you.’ Of course the phone drops immediately to the floor. And in that moment of unannounced honesty but bitter and unvarnished truth, you saw the revelation of the patience of Almighty God which has been timeless and changeless. The brutal end of life was shown just as true as ‘in the beginning.’

But notice the kindness of uncle Paul as he said nothing of the lie when the young man said ‘just a sec.’ No, it was not ‘just a sec,’ it was a lifetime of poor manners, selfishness, busyness that had no time for an aunt’s welfare, and the quietness of the uncle to not bring up this behavior was louder than thunder.

God is not that uncle, no, much better even, but to put the creator ‘on hold’ as it were, as if time belonged to us, and to casually dismiss Him because of OUR cares of the world, what WE think is important, is kind of, well, not too smart. It probably would have been a good idea to spend a little time with the wise uncle so many years ago.

God’s time is not ours, and He is far far Far more patient than we can ever imagine. He is that good. But He does grant visions and dreams, things which speak to the eternal that we just may get back on track, so we do not have to wait 70 years before getting it right.

Things like this give context to ‘Jesus wept,’ at the aloofness of men, being saddled by distractions or lack of faith in the tangible and credible, which ignores the eternal truths found in the life and times of the perennial scent of a simple flower.

‘Yes, I’ll take that call, NOW.’



About ColorStorm

Blending the colorful issues of life with the unapologetic truth of scripture, while adding some gracious ferocity.
This entry was posted in Exhortation and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

32 Responses to Please hold…

  1. Reblogged this on Brandon J. Adams and commented:

    This is powerful.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. a powerful thought to be sure CS—sad and hopeful all rolled into one—that is our fallen life—sad yet forever hopeful

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Jude says:

    2 Cor. 6:2b ‘Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.’ (((HUGS)))

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Love it. Now that is the truth. Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus the Messiah. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto you are also called. Amen.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Reblogged this on The culture alternative and commented:

    Now here is a powerful word of truth.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Oh wow! A huge amen to this, Colorstorm. Well said. I can’t add a word, it’s just perfect as it is. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Wally Fry says:

    This resonated with me, Colorstorm. I am not the best prayer in the world, but there is one thing I say thanks for every day. In fact, I say it a few times a day. That is the prayer of thanks that God never hung up on me.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. My, my, my! Amen and Amen!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. ColorStorm says:

    Appreciate your words. Tks for the visit and read.


  10. Great post! Very convicting, how often we put God on hold…even on a daily basis. Thank you for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. SLIMJIM says:

    That was very convicting…


  12. Citizen Tom says:

    Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:

    One of ColorStorm’s best! How do I know? He said so.

    And ColorStorm is right. It is an excellent post. See for yourself, and consider what it means to repent of a hard heart.

    Then contemplate an old commandment, one that does not to have any relationship with ColorStorm’s post.

    Exodus 20:12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.

    Have you remembered and honored your parents? To give us practice for honoring God, we begin by honoring our parents .

    Why would we want to live to an old age? So we have time to learn what we did not understand when we were young.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Wally Fry says:

    Reblogged this on Truth in Palmyra and commented:

    Do YOU have God on hold? If you do, He is waiting on the line so to speak


  14. Tricia says:

    Wow ColorStorm, this really hit home. Well done!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Wish I had read your post 70 years ago. Great message.

    Probably would not have understood it though.

    Regards and goodwill blogging

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s