I came across this verse and I thought I would share it with you because I’m sure there are some of you, just like me, who are always waiting for the right time or the perfect conditions to make a move.
Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest. -Ecclesiastes 11:4
I love this analogy of a farmer who, in waiting for the perfect weather ends up never planting anything and a farmer who is too busy watching and analyzing every cloud never harvests either.
I can completely relate to this because boy do I love to analyze the heck out things. I read, I research, I make spreadsheets and set goals and I am ready to make my move…when of course that perfect time comes; unfortunately we all know there is no such thing as a perfect time.
As I look back I realize that this has hindered me in a lot of areas of my life, sometimes I get so consumed with learning what I need to do and the steps I need to take that I fall short when it comes time to put it into action.
The more I analyze the more the self talk begins like, “it’s too risky”, “it’ll never work”, “what if I’m not good at it”, and the famous “what if I fail?”
His Time is Always Right
I will say that faith has brought me a long way, before I began trusting in God I was trusting in myself and let’s face it, we barely give ourselves the credit we deserve so how can we trust in ourselves?
As the saying goes, “if God has brought me to it he most definitely will bring me through it” and he always has.
So anytime the self sabotage starts, I give it to him because what he has to tell me is far better than what I have to tell myself; whenever I start over-analyzing and trying to figure everything out, I turn to him and ask him to show me the way and to give me guidance and there’s just something about the peace and stillness that comes when I do that.
It’s as if he’s taken over the driver seat and lets me be passenger for awhile.
My point is here, don’t wait for the ‘perfect conditions’ if there is something heavy on your heart that you must do then step out in faith, don’t trust in yourself but trust in him and if you do it his way there is no way you will fail.
You must plant your seeds in order to reap the rewards, whether your harvest be joy, freedom, love, etc. it will be well worth it if it’s done in his name.
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” –Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)
(I just have to add, I know lately I’ve been neglecting my blog a little – okay a lot, my apologies to anyone who noticed, but part of that is because I’ve been doing exactly what I just wrote about over-analyzing and I finally had to catch myself. So this very morning I prayed about it and gave it to God but I also asked him to give me wisdom and knowledge so that I could do what I love most and that’s inspire and encourage you through his word and what do you know, he gave me exactly what I asked for. Once I started typing I couldn’t stop and now here you go, you’re inspiration for the day – at my expense but that’s ok…never underestimate him, he is truly amazing.)
As always, I love to hear your stories and your comments, maybe you can relate to this or maybe you’re stuck staring at the clouds; we can all help each other by knowing we are not alone.
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