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There is a Time to Do and a Time to Be: A Parody

Updated on January 3, 2017
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Alexander has been a Christian for 46 years. Over the past decade he has studied 'the end times’ from a Preterist's perspective.

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This is a parody from a day in the life of a Scottish old age pensioner, affectionately known as an old fogy.

Thank You the Weather Channel

It is a beautiful summer's day in bonnie Scotland, which is a rare thing and something to celebrate. For many years to come it will be remembered with affection and that is a fact.

This particular old fogy loves to write artcles about Christianity and the things of God, and is always 'searchin' for inspiration; hence the name 'Searchinsany'.

Hen, (an affectionate name for 'the' wife), it's going to be a scorcher, cancel my long weekend in Venice, hold all my phone calls, and tell the lad selling double-glazing to come back when it's raining.

Preparing to Wait on the Lord

Lord, I'm looking forward to spending time waiting on you for ideas.

Thank you for my wee back garden with all its beautiful flowers. Just listen to the birds singing and watch the wee busy beasties dancing from plant to plant, truly I am blessed. (Thank you NHS for my hearing aids, and Specsavers for my bargain glasses.)

It's going to be a cracking day, where's my old executive chair 'til I put it out in the patio. I am blessed, my laddie got me a new chair for my wee office and the old one goes in the garden when the sun shines. It's not that often mind you!

Come to think of it. Maybe I'm taking the role of managing director of just a wee bit too seriously.

What's Next?

Eh, the wee stepladders, just like having shelves to put my gear on. (Thank goodness for Pinterest!)

Ok, I have my iPad, my sunglasses and my funny hat. Every granddad should have a funny hat, it is far more becoming than a handkerchief tied at the corners.

Lord this is bliss. This chair is my all time favourite.

'You're nearer God's heart in the garden, than anywhere else on earth'. Man, the poet got that one right.

Hang on, that sun is getting hot.

I'll be right back Lord!

Hen, have you seen the suntan lotion?

I'm Back Lord!

Phew, it's hot! I'm just not used to this.

Where were we Lord?

You are an awesome God! By the way, thank you for my wonderful salvation.

Wow, it's getting really hot now.

A Quote from Noel Coward

'Mad dogs and Englishmen
Go out in the midday sun.'

He should have included daft Scotsmen as well!

I'll be right back Lord!

Hen, have you seen my Costa Brava shirt and my Bermuda shorts?

I'm Back Lord!

Phew, it's hot.

Just look at those bonnie flowers, so many different kinds yet all equally beautiful, and the colours are amazing. What a great God you are!

I'll be right back Lord!

There's a big weed sticking out between my Begonia and my Bizzie Lizzie!

I'm Back Lord!

Phew, it's hot!

Ah this is truly wonderful, just you and me Lord. Other folks, if they only knew the joy of waiting on the Lord, instead of hurrying and scurrying to airports and stressed out of their minds; but it will not be me Lord.

Ouch! What was that? A wasp just stung my big toe; I should've kept my slippers on!

I'll be right back Lord!

Hen, have you seen the Savlon?

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I'm Back Lord!

Phew, it's hot!

Now about that article Lord, I'm not sure if I should write another one on the 'end times'.

Maybe I should write from personal experience on how to 'wait on the Lord' without being distracted, I'm good at that.

Perhaps entitled 'Be still and know that I am God' or 'They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength'...hang on!

I'll be right back Lord!

My wife's telling me my dinner's ready, I hope she's not expecting me to wash the dishes, I'm shattered!

I'm back Lord!

Well this has been wonderful Lord; more folks should wait before you.

About that article, just leave it to me, I'll think of something, but right now, I need a shower!




This article is a light-hearted parody (in case you hadn't noticed) on a topic that is crucial to the development of every believer, the importance of 'waiting upon the Lord'.

Is there a moral to the story?

Well, we live during a time of incredible advancement in entertainment and communication technology, this progress has many advantages, but it also has its drawbacks.

Many, including an old fogy like Searchinsany, find it difficult to cope with distractions when spending time with the Lord. The ability to slow down and switch off from the buzz around us is a rare quality these days.

If we are unable to wait patiently for a parcel delivery or in a queue at the supermarket, are we likely to set aside time to 'wait before the Lord'?

Personally, I believe there is a time to serve the Lord, and a time to wait before Him.

Regardless of age or experience, even Searchinsany has to strive to attain patience and discipline.

The problem is that it is easier to serve than it is to wait.

  • Psa 27:14 KJV Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

A word of caution for believers:

On many occasions the volume of activity undertaken is used to determine the spiritual growth of believers, rather than encouraging spiritual growth and a deeper relationship with the Lord.

There is a time to do and a time to be!

What do you think?

They That Wait Upon The Lord - sung by Jack Marti

Alexander Gibb

© 2014 Alexander Gibb


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      Alexander Gibb 3 years ago from UK

      C J Sledgehammer

      Thank you for your comment. It's great to be in touch again, I trust all is well.

      My toe is fine now but the pain lasted for days!

      This parody was my first attempt at writing an actual story from personal experience.

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      C.J. Sledgehammer 3 years ago

      A most delightful and entertaining parody!!! is not only good to wait upon the Lord, but it is a blessing and priviledge to boot!

      Your brother in Christ - C.J. Sledgehammer

      P.S. Has your toe recovered from the bee's sting? I certainly hope so!

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      Alexander Gibb 3 years ago from UK


      Thank you for your comment.

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      drewstenway 3 years ago

      I surely can relate to staying focused these days on spending time with the Lord in prayer or just waiting and taking time with Him in the closet of my heart, its becoming a dinner prayer and a thank you Lord, over and out attitude.

      I think I need to take some time, Thanks for the Hub.

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      Alexander Gibb 4 years ago from UK

      Tamara Easton

      Welcome to HubPages.

      Thank you reading and commenting on my Hub.

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      Tamara Easton 4 years ago from Castle Rock, Colorado

      informative and insightful