Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The wait and the wild goose


It took Scott and me about an hour and a half to make it through the line. It wasn’t too bad. People-watching is quite an entertaining pastime, especially at the polls.

It was a single file line up until the last few yards, then it divided into two precincts, and then further separated alphabetically into four lines. The poll manager was attempting to monitor the crucial point where the line went from single file to two precinct lines and four alphabetic lines.

Attempted is the key word here.

Some people didn’t bring the voter registration cards and had no clue what precinct they were in.

And some people forgot their ABC’s and the first letter of their last name.

All those people got to go around us and up to the front of the line.

We waited our turn.

Good thing I brought a book to read. Every now and then I would come to an interesting part in the book and would read a couple of sentences out loud to Scott. Or, he would read something out loud to me, as he was looking over my shoulder reading my book too.

After about an hour into our wait, I came to this quote in the book and read it out loud to Scott:
“God called Abraham out of Ur when he was 75, but Isaac wasn’t born until Abraham turned 100. God delivered on His promise, but it took 25 years. That is 300 months, 1,300 weeks, or 9,125 days!”

Hmmmm. What a sentence to read while I’m waiting in line getting older by the minute.

It must have also intrigued the women in front of us. She turned around and asked what book I was reading.

I tried to speak, but then realized the best thing was to just show her the front cover:

I thought about trying to explain what the book was about to her, but I just couldn’t.

Standing in line, waiting, reading quotes about waiting even longer from a book titled “Wild Goose Chase.”

That pretty much sums up this whole political campaign season, doesn’t it?
So glad it only happens every four years.

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. Psalm 33: 20

1 comment:

Jules from "The Roost" said...

You perfectly summed that up! Great post :)