The Parade Paradox

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what do they have in common?

Ah, yes, parades – every summer. I’d sit on the curb and watch as each entry passed in front of me. Sure, I could still see the tail gates of pickup trucks, once they passed. I could see the “remains” left behind by the horses that had previously pranced by. I could even see a little of what was coming down the block , or hear the music from the band that I could not yet see. Mostly, it was only what was before me that I could see well.

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We experience time like I used to watch the parade:One participant at a time as it appears before us. God sees that same parade (time) from a helicopter. He sees the beginning, the end, the middle – all at once. He can see what is coming toward me.

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Maybe you experience a difficult storm at thirty, because you have a tornado coming in your life at fifty. Can you brave the storm now, because you know God is up there in that helicopter watching out for you?  Perhaps that answer to prayer is on the way. You’ve been taking it to Jesus for years now. Could it be a block away? Can you trust Him with your tomorrows?

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Sure, you could get up and leave your spot at the curb. You could say, “This is nuts, this is a lousy parade!” News Flash. It’s the only parade. It is not to be avoided, but rather experienced. To leave the parade, would be to escape God.

God sees the WHOLE parade

The very best, most exciting entry in the parade is at the end. We’ve seen pictures of it. We’ve heard about it. It’s there. We anticipate it. We are impatient for it. If only we knew how long this parade is? What we do know is that at the end, we will forget the off-key middle school band, the flies around the horse droppings, and the ear-drum piercing siren on the fire truck.

God is waiting for us at the end of the parade. He will open His arms wide and invite us to join him in the middle of the street    “…and so always (through the eternity of the eternities) we shall be with the Lord! Therefore comfort and encourage one another with these words.” (1 Thess. 4:17b,18 Amp)

Do you know of other illustrations that help explain time? I’d like to hear them.

If you don’t feel confident about the end of the parade. Grab your Bible. The following verses will help you to know for certain if you will join God at the end of the parade.

  • Romans 3:10           Romans 3:23        Romans 14:12          Romans 6:23          Romans 5:8
  • Romans 4:24-25    Romans 5:10         Romans 5:18            Romans 10:13        Romans 10:9
  • Romans 5:1-2          Romans 5:11         Romans 12:12          Romans 6:11,14      Romans 8:16,17
  • Romans 8:28          Romans 12:2         Romans 15:16
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4 thoughts on “The Parade Paradox

  1. Very interesting analogy! Time passes by like a parade and the parade is your life….
    What I’m thinking about it to go a step farther is, for a parade one has to prepare, set the stage, and march in time to the band. For our lives….we are so ill prepared, methinks….food for further thought…?

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  2. I suppose if one were to interject themselves into the parade…for that tiny moment when we pass before others, we’d want to leave a lasting impression. And, yes, that takes preparation. For me, I’d have to paint my face and put on the floppy shoes!

    Thanks for the thoughts, Dee!

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  3. This sounds familiar. It also has enormous theological implications that I believe many if not most theologians ignore. Soren Kierkegaard said that “theologians build beautiful houses of theology and then refuse to live in them”.

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    1. You make a great observation. Can you give me an example of a “theological implication that might be ignored?” I know you can beat an analogy to death, but my brain works that way, for some strange reason.

      Kierkegaard also said, “Teach me, O God, not to torture myself, not to make a martyr out of myself through stifling reflection, but rather teach me to breathe deeply in faith.” I believe looking forward to what comes next in the ‘parade’ is an example of the faith of which we need to breathe deeply.

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