This Palzewisms occurs almost daily when you live in a house with three boys. It is usually used when someone is looking frantically for the TV remote or some other critical item necessary for the survival of mankind. Typically the item of interest is within arm’s reach of the individual, causing me to either point or hand over the item and say, “Use that till you find it!”.
My mother and her generation had a similar saying. I was often told the old “if it was a snake, it would have bitten me!” line, usually when I was looking for shoes or articles of clothing. My usual response to Mom was a clear declaration that if there was a snake, I would definitely NOT be looking for it. This was such a common saying around the time I was growing up, I began to suspect that there used to be a huge snake problem in the United States back in the day!
This Palzewism came back on me full circle the other day when I was looking up some information on my phone. I wanted to identify a bug I had found in the house, trying to determine if the critter in question was dangerous to the family or Thor, our kingly 3-year-old house cat. The bug was in a plastic baggie but was very small. I decided that I should take a picture and blow it up to see more detail. I asked my youngest son to bring me my phone.
He actually began to move to the living room to the place I normally park my devices, but stopped, pointed at me and said my words back to me.
USE THAT TILL YOU FIND IT!
We get so wrapped up in things, we miss what’s right in front of our nose! My Pastor likes to remind me that we all have a tendency of becoming “Hurry-Sick” and “Over Committed”. My wife reminds me to use “Mindfulness” daily to focus on the details. I often tell my students to be aware of their surroundings.
I have found that when I find myself in those situations, I start humming that old Simon and Garfunkel song – “The 59th Street Bridge Song
Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobblestones
Looking for fun and feeling groovy
Ba da-da da-da-da-da, feeling groovy
God also uses this Palzewism on me as well. When I am at the end of my rope and I think I can’t go on, I remember what Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
In other words, When I pray for Strength, God points to the cross and simply says, “Use that till you find it!” and I have come to realize that THAT is all I really need after all!
Prayer; Dear Father, help us to focus on the moment and to see what is in front of us. Help us to rely on your strength, wisdom, and peace, which supersede anything we can possess or obtain. Amen
Suggested Reading: 2 Corinthians 12 (ESV)