“Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.” (Ecclesiastes 11:4, NLT)
How often have you engaged in “when/then” thinking? The gist is when ‘A’ happens, then you’ll do ‘B.’ In some circumstances, that is wise, but more often than not, it leads to paralysis by analysis. There is a certain comfort in knowing that all conditions are perfect before taking on a task. The problem we face, however, is we rarely (if ever) encounter perfection. As we see in today’s passage, farmers who wait on perfect conditions never plant. If you never plant, you can never harvest. There is help for those who suffer from analysis paralysis, and it is faith.
Faith requires you to trust God that he is leading you in the right direction, even when you cannot see the end result. It reminds me of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quote that “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” It is trusting God in the moment, knowing he can see the things that lie far beyond your field of vision. A great biblical example is how God told the Israelites during their exodus journey to follow the cloud by day and flame by night (Exodus 13:21). Sure, he could have given them the roadmap to get to the promised land, but God wanted them to make the most of the journey to get the most out of the destination.
And such it is in life. God wants you to trust him today to act even when things might not be perfect. When you wait on perfection, then you’ll never act. When you don’t act, then you won’t reap the benefits. You have to plant in order to harvest, and it is the harvest you long to see. So get to work, trust God with every step, and enjoy the journey on the way to your destination.
Prayer: Dear Lord, you know all too well how easy it is for me to wait until everything is perfect before I act. Help me to see that this boils down to trust, so I can find faith in order to move, even when I can’t see where. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Have a faith-filled day,
Mark Jordan is Pastor at the Church At The Well and is a big supporter of Orphan Aid, Liberia. Pastor Mark writes daily blogs that are usually inspired by a combination of scripture and his walk with God. The staff at OAL enjoy reading Mark’s blogs so much we have decided to choose one (sometimes very hard to do) to share with our #OALfamily once a week. We hope you enjoy these short, but powerful readings.
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