Friday, September 26, 2008

O, Great Pumpkin!

Remember Linus and the Great Pumpkin?

Linus was so steadfast in his faith, in his belief in the existence of the Great Pumpkin, that he would go alone to the pumpkin patch, asking for knowledge and understanding. And he did so over and over again, much to the amusement of his so-called friends.

Linus was ridiculed for his apparent foolishness, for believing in something so absurd. How could he continue to talk to someone who never answered?

Sometimes Linus grew discouraged, and his faith in the Great Pumpkin grew weak and was tested. Yet he never gave up.

Many people talk to God the way Linus talked to the Great Pumpkin. And many people grow discouraged and give up when they don't hear God answering.

However, there is something that never made it into the Peanuts comic strip. Something very important.

What did Linus see that the kids around him did not? What kept him believing, despite the absence of proof?

Linus was laughed at.

Linus was ridiculed.

Linus was left alone in the pumpkin patch.

Now, something interesting happens when you spend enough time alone in the pumpkin patch. Something that cannot be conveyed in a comic strip.

Spend enough time in the pumpkin patch and you will eventually see that the Great Pumpkin is not just one pumpkin but ALL of the pumpkins. And all of the wisdom and knowing that has been left there by prior seekers of the Great Pumpkin.

Spend enough time in the pumpkin patch and you will see that the Great Pumpkin is not a pumpkin at all.

Ponder THAT, Charlie Brown.

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