Why “Wait Right Here” Is a Terrible Idea

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How I learned an important lesson the day my three-year old said, "wait right here." What I learned and how you can apply it to your faith.

Years ago when our son was about three years old, I’d take him to the mall to burn off the fidgets on days he couldn’t run around outside. I remember one particular visit like it was yesterday…

We were enjoying our time together when he suddenly looked up at me and said, “Wait here Mommy, I’ll be right back.”

He took off—running across the mall-way; while I was left momentarily speechless.

Fortunately, I recovered quickly, shouted his name and ran after him.

I don’t remember what he wanted or where he was going. I just remember thinking how ridiculous it was that my three-year old thought he could manage the big mall-world full of strangers and unknowns all by himself.

I also remember being very thankful that at that point he was still unable to outrun me! (That probably changed a couple of weeks later.)

It’s a blessing to be able to look back with a smile.

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Here I am in a big world away from my heavenly home. A place where it’s easy to get lost. One full of strangers and unseen dangers . . . but I can still look up at my Savior and say, “Wait right here, I’ll be right back.”

As I leave church on Sunday. As I leave the house. As I head off to work or go out with friends….

Anytime, I lose sight of His presence and decide I can “go it alone,” I am really saying, “Wait right here, I’ll be right back.”

Anytime, I decide I’d prefer to ignore His commands to love, forgive, or serve others; I’m saying, “Wait here, I’ll be back.”

  • I’ll be back when I’m ready.
  • I’ll be back when I need You.
  • I’ll be back when I’m frightened, hurting, or sick, etc.

There’s a little prodigal in me! Is there a little prodigal in you too?

The good news—God never leaves. We may run off for a time, but He is always faithful.

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How I learned an important lesson the day my three-year old said, "wait right here." What I learned and how you can apply it to your faith.

By God’s grace, I learned the truth. God is the Great Healer. Forever and always able to restore His broken children.

That’s when I selected Psalm 73:26 as my life verse:

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the
strength of my heart 
and my portion forever. 

Look at verse 28 of the same chapter:

But as for me, how good it is to be near God!
    I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter,
    and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.

That’s where I want to be. Near my Father. Knowing He is watching and guiding, and telling everyone about the wonderful things He does.

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The First Week in August 2015

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My friend, Ceil Ryan, inspires her readers at
Surrounded by the Spirit
– Connecting the Everyday to the Divine.

I love that Ceil says on her About Me Page:
“No matter how different our individual lives are,
we still face the same issues, the same blocks and blessings.
After all, we are family! We have the same Father.”

Her post, Transformed Into a New Creation is about
a beautiful piece of art that lead to a beautiful analogy.

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Christy Mobley writes Joying in the Journey
She invites readers to…
look forward, press on and seek God
in every bump and turn in the road.

Christy wrote the following on her About Page:
“For more than half my life I was plagued with anxiety
and bouts of panic attacks. A few years ago God
lead me down the road to freedom. He then gave me a
desire to share that road with other women.”

Her post, Who Am I Really? fits perfectly with our topic this week.
And just what I needed.

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Linda Perkins is discoverer and motivator at
Spring Sight – Hope for those struggling to
find faith in the midst of pain.

She describes herself as:
 “a self-proclaimed Starbucks coffee addict, shutter bug,
and (much to her husband’s chagrin) a lover of “selfies.”

Her post, Midlife: Crisis or Opportunity? will make
you want to celebrate every stage of your life journey.

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Top Pic from Compassion International Blog
Why Your Sponsored Child is a Hero 
by Katie Unger.

Every child is the main character in their own hero story.
A really fabulous post!

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25 thoughts on “Why “Wait Right Here” Is a Terrible Idea

  1. Deb, I love the phrase, “burning off the fidgets.” Funny, just today, I was getting ready to go out the door for my morning walk (reluctantly, as it was 5:30am), and I heard this whisper, “Sit with me awhile.” So I did. How many times a day do I say, “Wait right here, I’ll be right back.”? This was a great post for me to read today. Thanks for hosting Blessing Counters.

  2. Oh how happy I am that when I run off, I do not run out of His reach. I know I cannot run with Him for He is my breath and the very legs I stand on. Grateful for His grace. Happy to be visiting from #DanceWithJesus linkup.

    1. I too am thankful for His grace. How He forgives my prodigal moments and reminds that next to Him is the best place to be. Your comment made me think of Isaiah 40 – the Lord gives us the ability to walk, run, and even soar like eagles.

  3. Love, love, LOVE your life verse, Deb. Is it normal that I found myself nervous while reading your post? My mama heart wanted to run right after your son, bringing him into safety, as well. Correlating that to our walk with the Lord was eye-opening. I’m going to ponder this one a bit.

    1. God strengthened me when I thought I’d never be able to function again. His grace really is sufficient. I wish I could say that was the only time I had to chase after our son. By grace . . . he doesn’t seem to be running off anymore. Praising God for His healing love.

  4. Hi Deb! Thank you for featuring a blog post of mine on your page today, I am really honored!
    I can’t imagine how crazy I would feel if my son did this to me. And he was completely able too, he was a ‘runner’! And as you pointed out, I guess I am too.

    I like this example of your son, because I can totally relate, so I can see how God would be so concerned about me when I choose to run.
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Ceil

  5. What a wonderful post. I love when things are explained so simply like your example of your son and how we are like of course you can’t run off alone at 3 years old but yet we do this all the time to our Lord. Great Lesson.

  6. Wonderful post! I read it yesterday before running out to dr. appts. & it encouraged me all day. But then Psalm 73:26 is one of my favorite portions of Scripture. He is our portion, exactly what we need for today, for that very moment. I didn’t have time to comment yesterday but had to come back & say, “Thank you!” Have a blessed weekend!

  7. This verse Psalms 73:28
    But as for me, how good it is to be near God!
    I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter,
    and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.

    I totally recognize that really the only thing I need to be fully satisfied is to be near to God and I am nearest to Him when I immerse myself in His word and learn more of who He is in my life. I also need to make sure I do a more consistent job of telling people about the wonderful things He does.

  8. I LOVE your post Deb! It is so true…our wanderings and waywardness! LOL

    I try these days not to wander far…but of course there are those days…

    I’m so thankful for a God that will swoop me up in His ever loving arms.

    Hope all is well with you! <3

  9. Deb,

    I love this. It’s one of the bests posts I’ve ever read. Probably,y because I see myself here “Wait here. I’ll be right back!” How thankful I am for a patient, kind forgiving Heavenly Father

  10. Ah yes, we are so like toddlers sometimes, aren’t we? I’m thankful for a patient and loving Father who pursues us always. Thanks for sharing these good words over at Grace and Truth last week, Deb. 🙂
    Jen @ Being Confident of This

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