PROVERBS 11:4-6: “He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything. In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.”
OBSERVATION: What are you waiting for? This was the question my grandfather asked me when I dropped out of college and was working at a supermarket, not really having any direction in my life. My grandfather sat me down and looked me sternly in the eye. He said – “Son, either learn a trade or go back to college!” He was not kidding. He had never spoken to me like that before. It really made an impact on my life because, although only 5′ 7″ tall, my grandfather, “Poppy”, was a giant in my eyes.
“Poppy” was born in 1900. He had an abusive family and ran away from home at the age of 13. It was a different day back then. He hopped freighters and got odd jobs. However, he soon knew that this would lead him no where, so he learned the trade of tool and die making. He worked at this trade all his life and retired comfortably at the age of sixty. “Poppy” lived comfortably in retirement with my dear grandmother “Nanny” until the age of 84 when he graduated into his eternal reward. He taught me so much, but it was that day when he sat me down that really turned my life around.
I was not a young man without ambition. I was simply a young man without direction. At that time I had recently given my heart to the Lord Jesus as my personal Savior, but I was just a baby in Christ. Deep down in my heart I knew what the Lord was calling me to do, but I was acting a bit like Jonah. I was running from this call. I was looking at the “wind” and the “clouds”, and literally any excuse I could find, to stay in my comfort zone of working at the supermarket.
One night while at work, the Lord’s hand was heavy upon me. I had just finished stocking the milk case and was in the cooler having wheeled a stack of empty cartons into the back. I took one of the empty cartons and threw it against the cement wall. A foolish display! Then I cried out (quietly of course) – “If I say yes, will You leave me alone!” You see, the Lord was calling me into the ministry, but I wanted to wait until everything was just right before even considering the call. When I said – “Yes” – a peace flooded my heart. Direction began to flow into my life. When I shared this direction with my parents my Mom and Dad wept, my grandfather gave me a big hug. You see – they knew I was not fulfilling my potential even before I discovered this truth.
From that point on, the Lord has opened every door for my life throughout this journey of over 40 years. I have learned to listen to and hear the voice of God through His Word, the still small voice of His Spirit, and the Godly counsel he has placed in my life through those who love me and have my best interests at heart. I have learned not to wait until the wind stops or until it looks like it will not rain. I have learned – “…In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.”
So, humbly, and as one procrastinator to another, I ask you – ‘WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?”
May the Lord give you His direction today, and may you take the steps He is leading you to take.
In Jesus Name!