Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Don't Watch the Wind

"He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap." ~Eccl 11:4

One of the reasons I love living in Arizona is that we can dry our clothes on a clothesline. In fact, I do it all the time. Even on days when it is cloudy. Because in Arizona, just because it is cloudy doesn't mean it will rain. Just because it is raining on the horizon doesn't mean it will rain in my back yard. And just because it is raining in my back yard when the washing machine is started doesn't mean it will be raining when the cycles are finished. (Although I admit I don't usually start the wash if it is actually raining.)

I love this concept. Tonight's Bible class was on it, and it was exactly what I needed for today. Don't wait for conditions to be perfect, because if you do, you'll never do anything. "There will always be a measure of discomfort and discouragement in executing the plan of God for our lives." We have to get used to that. We have to accept that and go forward in it. "Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary," says Galatians 6:9. The reason we're told not to lose heart is because at times it is hard, it is unpleasant, we don't feel good and things are not going right. Maybe the people we're doing it for don't appreciate it. That's okay. Just keep on doing it, trusting God at His word.

Don't try to predict future conditions either, for you have no idea what the future holds. Not next year, not tomorrow and not even in the next hour! If you can do what the Lord has called you to do now, then do it, to the best of your ability, which may be great or it may be really shaky, but it doesn't matter. Because the Lord will work it out. He has all the details in hand, which we cannot see because He doesn't want us to see them. He wants us to trust Him.

Another day of grace,

Cloud photo by jpockele