Maybe it’s just me, but there’s always something a little special about the onset of a new season. You can almost feel and sense change in the air, literally.
Springtime is also special because it’s planting season for a lot of the foods we enjoy. Many of you may not know this, but I grew up on a farm. Now, I wasn’t much help, but I gleaned a lot from the experience. Farming requires a lot of science, faith, love, and hard work. It’s a fascinating process.
I believe that’s why we see attributes of farming used as metaphors so often throughout the Bible. One of my favorite examples of this comes from Ecclesiastes 11:4-6 (NLT):
When we have a vision or dream, it can be frightening, especially if we feel ill-equipped. While timing is critical and you never want to rush ahead of God, many of us typically lag behind Him. Fear of failure convinces us that taking a chance on ourselves (and honestly our God) is way too risky. So we sit back and wait. We may even settle into a position that’s comfortable enough that we push that original idea to the next day, week, or year. Or we get so busy chasing a more “realistic” goal that we don’t have time for dreaming anymore.
Are you waiting for the “perfect” time to plant? Okay, more realistically put, are you waiting until you have more than enough money? Are you waiting for when you have extra time? Are you waiting for when life finally settles down? Are you waiting for when it feels comfortable?
There will always be something. Or as my mama put it, “If it ain’t one thing, it’s another.” Learning how to navigate through life’s challenges is part of your purpose process. There will be many unknowns. Like farmers, you simply can’t predict the impact weather will have on your ‘crop,’ but you have to plant anyway. Toiling away, day after day, it may feel like your harvest is still so far away and your hard work is in vain. Keep plowing. Keep sowing seeds. Keep watering. Let the light shine. One day you'll see progress sprouting.
Having faith doesn't magically erase the feelings of uncertainty. It is seeking wisdom and direction from God and knowing that despite imperfect conditions, He perfects, protects and provides along the path!
I encourage you to take action today. You don’t have to do anything big, but choose one small action item off your list. Send the e-mail. Make the phone call. Heck, just do a Google search.
It’s planting season. ACT LIKE IT!