Standing on Tiptoe

“In my opinion whatever we may have to go through now is less than nothing compared with the magnificent future God has planned for us. 
The whole creation is on tiptoe 
to see the wonderful sight 
of the [children] of God coming into their own.”
Romans 8:18 – JB Phillips paraphrase
“Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, 
but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.”
-Josh Billings

1. Camano Island, WA – while on retreat with 4 other women pastors, 2007
2. Our youngest granddaughter on her 2nd birthday, scampering across the park to the slide.
3. My own feet as I sat in the car, ‘looking long’ at the ocean. This sitting still thing is becoming a habit, 
hopefully one that leads to increased wisdom. :>)
Joining tonight with Sandy at “Still Saturday” and Deidra at “Sunday,”
two weekly invitations to encourage quieting our words
and reflecting on God’s beauty revealed in this world and our lives.

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  1. Love the idea of being on Tiptoe to see.  Beautiful pictires!

  2. “…less than nothing.” Yes. I needed these words. And the images of standing on tiptoe just slay me. so glad you linked up this week!

  3. Diana Trautwein says

    Thanks for stopping by, Diana. I have always loved Phillips use of that word in this passage – so visual, so on target.

  4. Diana Trautwein says

    Thank you, Deidra! I love this stretch of Romans in the old Phillips’ version and this has always been one of my favorite verses from that passage, at least in his paraphrase. Tiptoe is such a sign of expectancy, or joyous anticipation. And that’s what makes the ‘less than nothing’ attitude doable, isn’t it?

  5. Diana Trautwein says

    DIANE – forgive me! I’ve made the error that I hate when people call me the wrong Dian_ name.  Thanks for stopping by, DIANE with an ‘e.’

  6. She is just so cute! I want to squeeze the stuffing out of her.

    When I was a child, I remember walking on tiptoe all the time. Maybe it was a kind of childish anticipation–the need to not miss a thing. To remember that nothing we go through now compares to what’s ahead is something I so need to remember. 

    Do you know how special you are?

  7. Diana Trautwein says

    Oh, Sandy. Thank you. You made me tear up as I read this!

    And I DO squeeze the stuffing out of her as often as she’ll let me. She, like ALL the grandkids, is Poppy’s girl, so when she comes to me, I melt. Both of my daughters walked on tiptoe as toddlers and it was so cute to watch. I was always amazed at how fast they could move doing that.

  8. Joanne Norton says

    In my Bible(s) I circle the word “wisdom” every time.  It’s amazing how often it is mentioned.  Sometimes it’s a worldly, ungodly “wisdom”, but most of the time, it’s a true, necessary word.  I hope some of it will slide out of the books and into my heart and spirit.  I hope, I hop, I hope….

    Love the views, especially anything to do with the Puget Sound, etc.  And when I’m visiting out there, I really enjoy the drive from Tacoma to Port Townsend.  Some really lovely country.  YOU were blessed!!

  9. pastordt says

    I love to find repeated words in scripture, too, Joanne. And wisdom is a favorite. There are scholars who believe that sofia (wisdom in Hebrew) is an OT motif pointing to Jesus and/or the Holy Spirit. Interesting idea, huh? And Sofia is feminine in that language. Now it’s really interesting, right??

    And I love the Pacific northwest, too. And I was blessed to be there. I am grateful.