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Are You A-mazed?


picture of a maze with scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz

Have you ever gone through a corn maze? I don't remember hearing much about them until the last couple of years ... and this year especially. The Pumpkin Patch we went to several weeks ago while in Cincinnati for the weekend had a 7-acre corn maze that looks like the United States from an aerial view. Though the visitors could go through it that day, we didn't since there were other activities that we thought we'd rather do.

I take it that farmers have begun to do corn mazes for some off-season tourist business in the fall. Our daughter Nora went to a huge corn maze here locally this past week with friends and said it was really fun and scary. I decided to see what I could learn about corn mazes (or "maize mazes") online and was surprised to find all kinds of pictures and sites. If you'd like to learn more about corn mazes, you can go to http://www.cornfieldmaze.com or to http://www.brownielocks.com/cornmaze.html. You can even try to locate a corn maze near you by going to http://www.cornmazedir.com

Here's a picture of a neat patriotic corn maze...

picture of a patriotic corn maze

Yesterday a student sent me a picture of a corn maze tailor made for one group of visitors....

picture of a special corn maze

On this day after the elections here in the USA, I am thankful that the Lord does not have us going though life as if we were in a maze. He knows exactly what He's doing, and He has most definitely not lost control as everything moves towards His ultimate prophesied end. I've had a song going through my head all day and was so pleased that we sang it in church this evening - not once, but twice! It's a great reminder of the Biblical perspective on things. Here are the lyrics...

There Is a Higher Throne
Words and Music by Keith & Kristyn Getty
Copyright © 2003 Thankyou Music

There is a higher throne
Than all this world has known,
Where faithful ones from ev'ry tongue
Will one day come.
Before the Son we'll stand,
Made faultless through the Lamb;
Believing hearts find promised grace -
Salvation comes.

REFRAIN
Hear heaven's voices sing;
Their thund'rous anthem rings
Through em'rald courts and sapphire skies.
Their praises rise.
All glory, wisdom, pow'r,
Strength, thanks, and honor are
To God our King, who reigns on high
Forevermore.

And there we'll find our home,
Our life before the throne;
We'll honor Him in perfect song
Where we belong.
He'll wipe each tear-stained eye
As thirst and hunger die.
The Lamb becomes our Shepherd King;
We'll reign with Him.

REFRAIN
Hear heaven's voices sing;
Their thund'rous anthem rings
Through em'rald courts and sapphire skies.
Their praises rise.
All glory, wisdom, pow'r,
Strength, thanks, and honor are
To God our King, who reigns on high
Forevermore.

You can read a great article for believers after the election by clicking here.

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There were some good punchlines for the most recent blog post.

I hope that some of my readers have gone through a corn maze or maybe some have even constructed one. Please comment away about that or anything else in this post.

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"Problems in society are just a symptom of the core problem - man's estrangement from God." - Dr. Drew Conley

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Rob

Opportunities are not lost - they just go to someone else.


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15 Comments on “Are You A-mazed?”

  1. #1 Jonathan
    on Nov 6th, 2008 at 9:33 am

    probably not the first time that you’ve been accused of being corny.

  2. #2 Barbara H.
    on Nov 6th, 2008 at 11:08 am

    LOL @ Jonathan’s comment. 🙂

    I have never gone through a maze, corn or otherwise, and hope I never do. They sound like exercises in frustration to me. I am directionally challenged and need very clear, specific directions to places. I would probably never find my way out unless someone came and rescued me.

    I am so thankful God doesn’t leave us directionless!

  3. #3 Rob
    on Nov 6th, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    @Jonathan – And it probably won’t be the last time I’m accused of being corny. 🙂

    @Barbara H. – I’m not sure I would enjoy a corn maze myself. I’m hoping to hear from some readers who love them to know why.

    @Dave – I had the blonde corn maze on my computer desktop yesterday, visible to my students on the screen. I told them if they wanted to change the word blonde to Belgians, that would be fine. (The French don’t tell Pollack jokes – they tell Belgian jokes. When I’m in France, I simply tell my Pollack jokes and blonde jokes as Belgian jokes, and they fly!) See http://blog.ivman.com/the-english-language-is-crazy where there’s a funny picture I received from a cousin in France. You’re the history guy, so you might be interested to know that French fries really did originate in Belgium … hence the multi-layered nature of that joke.

  4. #4 Dave
    on Nov 6th, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    After laughing at the blonde corn maze picture, I feel somewhat guilty. Should I feel that way?

  5. #5 Rob
    on Nov 6th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    @Dave – further thoughts, since you are the husband of a very bright blonde, you know for a fact that not all blondes are airheads and not all airheads are blonde. Take that from a man whose wife’s hair is increasingly platinum blonde….

  6. #6 Michael
    on Nov 6th, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    My wife mentioned going to a corn maze this year, but we decided not to go. I’m not into being scared or surprised.

    If one is corny, then is he all ears?

    And, as for the election season being over (and thankfully the commercials are off TV and the signs are off the sides of the road), I could say so much, but one thing that has comforted my heart is the fact that no matter who would have won the election Tuesday we would all be getting a leader far better than we deserve.

  7. #7 Wally Lamark
    on Nov 6th, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    I am planning on attending a corn maze this weekend with my Sunday School group.

    I greatly enjoy wandering through corn mazes! I have fond memories of getting lost with friends in the mazes in races against other groups! What would the world do without these phenomena?

  8. #8 Dave
    on Nov 6th, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Speaking of fries…my very intelligent, blonde-haired wife of mine and I made sweet potato fries the other night. Try it sometime if you haven’t already. Cut a sweet potato into wedges, boil the wedges for a few minutes, and then bake them. It’s quite amazing. Thank me later.

  9. #9 Rob
    on Nov 7th, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    @Michael – Where did sweet Abigail have in mind for the local corn maze? You might have actually enjoyed it, Michael … especially with Abbie there. 🙂

    One might be all ears only if his name is Kernel Cobb.

    I’m with you about the being shed of the campaign ads, et al. I’m hoping that the campaigning for 2012 won’t begin until at least week after next!

    @Wally Lamark – It’s good to hear from someone who has done corn mazes and enjoys them enough to go again. How long ago was the first one you went through? Do you go to one every year?

    @Dave – I’ll have to pass the sweet potato fries idea along to ivwoman. I think I’ve heard her mention them, but we’ve never eaten them. We just had a sweet potato pie last weekend. Mmm! I’ll try to remember to thank you if/when we ever try the fries. 🙂

  10. #10 Wally Lamark
    on Nov 7th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    I think the first time I went through a corn was in 2006. I think I have wandered a corn maze every year since then!

  11. #11 Rob
    on Nov 8th, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    @Wally – I thought maybe you had been doing corn mazes for years and years. Hope you enjoy it this weekend!

  12. #12 Anna
    on Nov 10th, 2008 at 2:26 am

    Rob, thanks for the song..i looked it up on You Tube and listening to it brought great hope, thank you.

  13. #13 Rob
    on Nov 10th, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    @Anna – I’m glad that the song ministered to your heart as it did to mine. Truth is truth, and it sets us free.

  14. #14 Janel
    on Nov 10th, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    My entire family, now 18 of us, go thru a corn maze every October. We pick a new one each year and then we enjoy food and more fellowship after. It is something we all look forward to! We don’t do the ones at night though–too many small children and we’re in it for the fun, not the scare.
    This past October, we had to split into 4 groups and we went thru without the “cheat” map–talk about increasing the level of difficulty! I’m proud to say that my group has come in first each year we’ve done it, but I happen to be married to a man who I believe was born with a compass in his nose 🙂

  15. #15 Rob
    on Nov 10th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    @Janel – The way you describe it sounds like a blast! When we were at the Pumpkin Patch, it was mid-afternoon and people were going through the maze. I would have liked to try it, but on that short weekend get-together, our time was just too limited. Maybe next fall….