For those of you who don’t know the Maryland Natural Resource Police, are an amazing group of officers. They enforce all natural resources laws (you know the people who make sure we do not kill off the animals we like to eat). They also are the primary search and rescue for our state as well. They also are the people who arrive on the seen for boat accidents, hunting accidents, etc. They are also the people who make sure your not a drunk driving on boats and keep our waters safe.
This a huge opportunity for my husband! I can not stress how long we had to wait for this! I also was informed at his orientation today that some of the other people in his class waited up to as long as four years to get this job (It is a small agency with only less than 300 employees). I thought to myself. I know how horrible it was being stuck in the “waiting place” for two years and to know that some of the men and their families waited even longer, just breaks my heart.
For those of you who do not know the waiting place let me remind you:
Allow me to quote the great doctor!
Oh The Places You Will Go by Doctor Seuss
Congratulations!Today is your day.You’re off to Great Places!You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.You have feet in your shoes.You can steer yourselfany direction you choose.You’re on your own. And you know what you know.And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
You’ll look up and down streets. Look ’em over with care.About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.
And you may not find anyyou’ll want to go down.In that case, of course,you’ll head straight out of town.
It’s opener therein the wide open air.
Out there things can happenand frequently doto people as brainyand footsy as you.
And then things start to happen,don’t worry. Don’t stew.Just go right along.You’ll start happening too.
OH!THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!
You’ll be on y our way up!You’ll be seeing great sights!You’ll join the high flierswho soar to high heights.
You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best.Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don’t.Because, sometimes, you won’t.
I’m sorry to say sobut, sadly, it’s truethat Bang-upsand Hang-upscan happen to you.
You can get all hung upin a prickle-ly perch.And your gang will fly on.You’ll be left in a Lurch.
You’ll come down from the Lurchwith an unpleasant 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 yourselfis not easily done.
You will 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 and 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 confusedthat you’ll start in to racedown long wiggled roads at a break-necking paceand grind on for miles cross weirdish wild space,headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.The Waiting Place…
…for people just waiting.Waiting for a train to goor a bus to come, or a plane to goor the mail to come, or the rain to goor the phone to ring, or the snow to snowor the waiting around for a Yes or Noor waiting for their hair to grow.Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the fish to biteor waiting for the wind to fly a kiteor waiting around for Friday nightor waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jakeor a pot to boil, or a Better Breakor a string of pearls, or a pair of pantsor a wig with curls, or Another Chance.Everyone is just waiting.
NO!That’s not for you!
Somehow you’ll escapeall that waiting and stayingYou’ll find the bright placeswhere 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 a guy!
Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.And the magical things you can do with that ballwill make you the winning-est winner of all.Fame! You’ll be as famous as famous can be,with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.
Except when they don’tBecause, sometimes they won’t.
I’m afraid that some timesyou’ll play lonely games too.Games you can’t win’cause you’ll play against you.
All Alone!Whether you like it or not,Alone will be somethingyou’ll be quite a lot.
And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chanceyou’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.There are some, down the road between hither and yon,that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.
But on you will gothough the weather be foul.On you will gothough your enemies prowl.On you will gothough the Hakken-Kraks howl.Onward up manya frightening creek,though your arms may get soreand your sneakers may leak.
On and on you will hike,And I know you’ll hike farand face up to your problemswhatever they are.
You’ll get mixed up, of course,as you already know.You’ll get mixed upwith many strange birds as you go.So be sure when you step.Step with care and great tactand remember that Life’sa Great Balancing Act.Just never foget to be dexterous and deft.And never mix up your right foot with your left.
And will you succeed?Yes! You will, indeed!(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!
So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Brayor Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,You’re off the Great Places!Today is your day!Your mountain is waiting.So…get on your way!
Allow me to now show you what I mean this is from my own perspective (and is only my opinion),.
“You will 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?”
James 1:2-3 “My brothers when you have fallen into various trails consider everything a joy, knowing that proving of your faith exercises patience”
It is a fact of life. We will go through trails, we will go through pain and suffering. You will come out better on the other side. Patience….yeah being human we have loads of that.
“And IF you go in, should you turn left or right…
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.”
Matthew 26:41 “Be vigilant and pray, so that you may not enter into temptation. Indeed, the spirit is strong but the flesh is weak”
We are all susceptible to mistakes. I have learned on my own walk with God that we must take our time in things. God took his time on you to make you in his image. You should take the time to make sure that you make the things in you own image. When you portray a good image on yourself because you walk with God, you lead by example. We should not rush into our choices (something I am very very guilty of). Most of the time in life there is no right answer, so THINK!
“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 cross weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…”
Isaiah 30:18 “Therefore the Lord waits, so that he may take pity on you. And therefore, he will be exalted for sparing you, For the Lord is the God of judgment. Blessed are those who wait for him.” Patience is a big theme in the Bible, I always felt that was because impatience is of the world, while patience is Godlike. Everyone will end up waiting. We must put our trust in God to deliver us, and give us the strength to keep going.
“…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 the 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 the 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.”
Proverbs 26:14 “Just as the door turns upon its hinges, so does a the lazy one turn upon his bed”
So people will stay in the waiting place. They chose to remain there for whatever reason! Most of the time it is because to walk down “the road less travel”, “to walk with God”, to be “different” pushes us out of our comfort zone. For most people it is too scary so they stay and wait. I think one of the biggest temptations we face as humans is get over our “garbage” instead of stewing in it.
That’s not for you!
When we chose to walk with God we will over come the storm. The “waiting place” is one of the toughest things we go through as Christians. I feel this way because when you are in the “waiting place” there’s a whole lot of nothing in your life. It makes you question your faith. I am guilty of it we all our. But we need to cling to God in these times. In my own personal life, I have been stuck in the “waiting place” on multiple occasions. When I pushed God away, I went sunk further down in my own temptation. Now when I cling to God in these times, the light becomes brighter than I ever knew possible.
So that’s my rant on the “waiting place”. Dr. Seuss was an amazing human being by the way. So now that I explained that.
To know other people had to be in the same situation longer really does break my heart. I pray for those people. Walking this path we call life, occasionally gets you lost. I pray for those to find their way back.
I myself currently am not out of the “waiting place” either. However I can finally see the light and I am truly blessed that God has inspired me in such a way.
This is the after picture! Once we were done with orientation, he was not as happy once he learned how hard this was going to be. “Everything is possible in Him who has strengthened me.” Philippians 4:13
I pray my husband will cling to God while get over the humps of escaping the waiting place! “Oh the Places We Will Go” ! Together we will get through this we are blessed to be able to so this together.