Petes and Repeats

When I was little enough to be dumb, my uncle (who is just three years older than me) asked me a riddle:

“Pete and Repeat went down to the lake. Pete fell in, so who was left?”

The answer seemed so obvious, I couldn’t believe Scott thought this was a riddle.


“Okay, Pete and….”

Would you believe, it took me about three rounds of this to figure out what was going on?! And once I caught on, I thought it was so clever that I tried it on others, too. Unfortunately, no one else ever fell for it.

I’ve kept that trick in my mind through the years, though, and, as God often does with “non-spiritual” information stored in my brain, He showed me a spiritual application.

I recently read two verses in the same morning that were repeats—not in the riddle sense, but in the helping it to sink in sense.

  • “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).
  • “Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again, I say, Rejoice” (Philippians 4:4).

These are both such simple commands—wait on the Lord, rejoice in the Lord. And yet, the Lord knew that we would need them to be emphasized.

We would be wise to keep saying “repeat” and listen to these commands over and over in our hearts.

Wait on the Lord…wait, I say, on the Lord.

Rejoice in the Lord…again, I say, Rejoice.