The Missing Comma

Aug 18, 2005
by Brenda Wood

Mark 6:31 – He said to them, "Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. (NRSV)

An article I was reading said, "Jet fighters take off land and are stored on deck."

"How peculiar," I thought. "That doesn't make sense." Then I stopped to reconsider. My knowledge of such ships is limited, but I do know that they are called aircraft carriers for a reason! I revisited the sentence. "Jet fighters take off, land and are stored on deck." Aha! Now the sentence was clear. I had missed the comma!

Some of us are missing many commas in our lives. We are scurrying around with a Blackberry (a handheld wireless e-mail, phone, browser, and organizer device), a daytimer, and a calendar full to the brim. Our lives don't seem to make sense. We take precious little time to wonder about life's meaning and ponder God's purpose for our life. Then we ask why God has not spoken into our lives. His answers will become clear when we add some "commas" to our busy spaces.

Prayer: Lord, we create our own schedules and then we ask You to bless them. We moan about our busyness and say "Yes" to one more event, job, or occasion. Lord, help us take the time to examine our schedules through Your eyes, and then, Lord, give us the courage to cross out the extras and replace them with some "commas". In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Brenda Wood <brenda.w@nextcom.ca>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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